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2003 Year-End Google Zeitgeist

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1:46 am on Jan 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The famous Google Zeitgeist for 2003 is finally here!

[google.com...]

The 2003 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year's major events and hottest trends based on more than 55 billion searches conducted over the past year by Google users from around the world. Whether you are tracking the global progression of the latest news or learning about healthy searches in Japan, the 2003 Year-End Zeitgeist enables you to look at the past year through the collective eyes of the world on the Internet.

Some *VERY* intersting analysis in there!


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And of course a new Google logo for 2004 [google.com].

Doesn't seem quite up to par with the previous ones? What are those below the o's?
Oh it's fireworks... and the penguin is holding a matchbox and match :)

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happy new year! I think the logo is ok.
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Not fireworks. Those are ice carvings, the penguin is holding a chisel and hammer. They are resting on ice blocks.
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All right all you people out there searching for Hello Kitty pics, fess up...
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Not fireworks. Those are ice carvings, the penguin is holding a chisel and hammer. They are resting on ice blocks.

Maybe thatís Google saying to us all that they are still going, or intend to stay cool for 2004! ;)

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Maybe thatís Google saying to us all that they are still going, or intend to stay cool for 2004!
yeah
mebbe the ice carvings represent a metaphoric juxtaposition of the heat and angst caused by the current floridemic.

or mebbe they're just ice carvings

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The annual Wimbledon tennis tournament takes place at Roland Garros in Paris each spring.

I don't think this is true! Maybe I should point out their mistake in exchange for some Google freebies. :)

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Well I have e-mailed them and I await a response and/or changes to the webpage. :)
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funny I didn't notice that. Where does wimbledon take place? And who's buried in Grant's tomb?;)
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Where does wimbledon take place?

Wimbledon, London, UK. I think that in Paris it is the Paris Open ;)

And who's buried in Grant's tomb?

You lost me here.

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Wimbledon moved to Paris

I will be arguing with mates

Well I have e-mailed them

Why did you? Lets have a laugh at the stupid searches in zeitgeist and G PHs

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And in London UK, it is spring during June/July
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Why did you?

It will give a them a chance to change the mistake. I also requested some freebies as a reward. I don't spend enough on AdWords yet to get the freebies many people on here have been bragging about.

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The French Open takes place at the Rolland Garros Complex ...

WoooopT Doooooooo

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Very interesting information. How I'd love to get more detailed analysis of the search spikes for different events. The Mardi Gras was a good example of steadily increasing interest and then a sudden drop-off after the event.

One thing that puzzled me though, is why is the Hilton in Paris so popular? ;)

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Some *VERY* intersting analysis in there!

Not really as the results like "Popular Women" is selective and excludes Adult terms. It's not purely traffic driven results..it's what google wishes to display.

It's not really helpful, useful, interesting unless they listed searches based purely on numbers.

If Google came out with a true tool like OV's Suggestion Tool, not *that* would be very interesting.

Just my .02. ;)

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If Google came out with a true tool like OV's Suggestion Tool

Doesn't the adword keyword suggestion tool [adwords.google.com] work like that and comes from Google's data?

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There are no figures from Google's stats. The best way is to open an AdWords account and use the stats for SEO from there.
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Wow! That really shows what a waste their image search results are.

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You lost me here.

Grant is buried in Grant's tomb. In the same fashion as wimbledon takes place at....wimbledon
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>Grant is buried in Grant's tomb.

Wrong. The correct answer is President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia. And, they really aren't "buried" there. They are entombed.

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Which would mean that Grant IS in the tomb.
From dictionary.com
buried
1. To place (a corpse) in a grave, a tomb, or the sea; inter.
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Not only end of the year zeitgeist is there but also October/November one which was previously missing.
You need to scroll down the page and click
more from Google zeitgeist [google.com]
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A penguin. Obviously this is not slashdot or you'd have 100, nay, 300 comments about Linux.

Given recent history it seems to me like just another way to thumb their noses at Micro$oft. A trim penguin, creative yet serious, ready for some serious business.

The analysis of the actual searches is pretty depressing. Bread and Circus accounts for most of the searches... :(

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The Japanese version is most interesting :-)
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The annual French Open tennis tournament takes place at Roland Garros in Paris each year.

That's more like it Google and a personal thank you from their PR guy. :)

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Wow - this thread is seriously on topic. Could anyone summarise what the hell people are talking about? Looks like pure b*llocks from this end.

And here's the really worrying bit about the Google zeitgeist. People on these boards now use Google's instant-just add water-freeze dried-dictionary search, and assume that this is now the ultimate authority. Now that *really* worries me. Goodbye culture - hello Google

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> Wow - this thread is seriously on topic.

Want more of that? :)

 

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