0522: "Google Trends"

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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby torritorri » Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:48 am UTC

The alt-text has scarred me for life.

But other than that, that was hilarious. I especially liked "raptors on hoverboards".
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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby tricky77puzzle » Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:50 pm UTC

PandasOnProzak wrote:
the3rdsam wrote:I am surprised that no one has pointed out that Canadians have been overwhelming googling the term "raptors" more than anyone else.

it seems to be a sports team based on the articles provided (referring to jumps) but those links are all broken and i am to lazy to google this.

Ever heard of the Toronto Raptors?

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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby Unbalanced » Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:48 pm UTC

tricky77puzzle wrote:
PandasOnProzak wrote:
the3rdsam wrote:I am surprised that no one has pointed out that Canadians have been overwhelming googling the term "raptors" more than anyone else.

it seems to be a sports team based on the articles provided (referring to jumps) but those links are all broken and i am to lazy to google this.

Ever heard of the Toronto Raptors?

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(And I'm not even a girl.)

Even so, I'm proud of my nation's raptor-awareness. You guys will all be dead.

(also, wtf Google chrome, raptor is a word.)

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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby tricky77puzzle » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:42 am UTC

Unbalanced wrote:Even so, I'm proud of my nation's raptor-awareness. You guys will all be dead.

(also, wtf Google chrome, raptor is a word.)


...even when it doesn't mean "velociraptor". ("raptor" can also mean "bird of prey".)

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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby vinegarroon » Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:15 am UTC

Having had some time to think about it, I suppose my only issue with the alt text is the question of what would happen if Obama's daughters, or worse, some of their schoolmates got a hold of it. It's a funny little jab when taken in context with the wider fan-fic world, but taken out of context it could be pretty mean.

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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby FuzzyBunnyFeet » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:52 am UTC

dennisw wrote:I noticed something odd when I looked at "xkcd" in Google Trends. For "all regions" and "all years", these are the top four cities:

  1. Austin, TX, USA
  2. Seattle, WA, USA
  3. San Francisco, CA, USA
  4. Boston, MA, USA

When I drill down by clicking on "United States", the ranking changes to:

  1. Cambridge, MA, USA
  2. Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  3. Rochester, NY, USA
  4. Austin, TX, USA

with Seattle at 5th, San Francisco at 6th and Boston at 8th. I can't think of any reason for this shuffling, nor can I find one on their About page. When I do Radar's search, I get a similar reshuffling.

Any explanations?

Even the "men kissing" trends are questionable.
http://www.google.com/trends?q=men+kissing&geo=usa&sa=N is the basic trend referenced in the cartoon. It yields
  1. Utah, United States
  2. Kentucky, United States
  3. South Carolina, United States
  4. Indiana, United States
  5. Ohio, United States
  6. Louisiana, United States
  7. Michigan, United States
  8. Connecticut, United States
  9. Pennsylvania, United States
  10. Missouri, United States

However, if you drill down to each of the available years (2004 - 2008) Utah does not make the top 10 in any year.
There is something wrong with the way that Google Trend data is indexed or accessed.
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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:57 pm UTC

FuzzyBunnyFeet wrote:
dennisw wrote:I noticed something odd when I looked at "xkcd" in Google Trends.

[snip]

I can't think of any reason for this shuffling, nor can I find one on their About page. When I do Radar's search, I get a similar reshuffling.

Any explanations?

Even the "men kissing" trends are questionable.
http://www.google.com/trends?q=men+kissing&geo=usa&sa=N is the basic trend referenced in the cartoon. It yields

[snip]

However, if you drill down to each of the available years (2004 - 2008) Utah does not make the top 10 in any year.
There is something wrong with the way that Google Trend data is indexed or accessed.
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Never mind. I saw it but didn't. The data is normalized.
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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby delos » Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:02 pm UTC

A rare miss. The title text was unnecessarily vulgar and worse of all, just not that funny. The 10% ethanol line should've been omitted.

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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby almightyze » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:04 pm UTC

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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby FuzzyBunnyFeet » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:12 am UTC

dennisw wrote:Never mind. I saw it but didn't. The data is normalized.

I still don't get it. Even with "normalized" data, how can Utah be number one over all years, yet not be in the top ten in any of those years?
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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby pullarius1 » Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:54 am UTC

Just wanted to point out: Utah is also at the top of the list for Googling 'Google Trends.' Heh

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Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Postby shadyraptors » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:39 pm UTC

look at the weird spikage in velociraptor
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