Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Foolery #1: Bacon vs. Financial Crisis on Google

I always like ending the workweek on a fun note, so I've decided to start sharing random, bizarre and/or entertaining tidbits here on Fridays that may or may not be useful to you as well.

Perhaps I've been living under a rock as I was completely unaware of Google Trends until now. I was alerted to its existence not by one of the many fine technology blogs out there but by Cupcakes Take the Cake who shared that 'cupcakes' are a more popular search term on Google than 'financial crisis'.

Hooray for cupcakes! I have always been a huge fan of them, and am kicking myself that I didn't know about the Crumbs and Doilies bakery when we were in London. Dr. Who cupcakes on Flickr? Pure brilliance!

However, as those who know me are well aware, my predominant food obsession is bacon. I love bacon. Apparently so do many other Google users as shown below in the popularity in the US during the past 30 days for searches on 'bacon', 'Dr. Who', 'financial crisis', 'cupcakes', and 'medical library'.

'Bacon' and 'cupcakes' are both above 'financial crisis', but the latter is starting to shoot up. 'Dr. Who' and 'medical library' appear to share a peaceful coexistence toward the bottom. I can only hope this is because everyone already knows exactly where to go for information about either when needed!

What's also kind of interesting is the Rank by tab where you select one of your search terms and it gives you data by subregions and city. As of now, bacon's results are

This may provide an environmental explanation behind my love of bacon: Sacramento (10) was my hometown of 18 years, I lived around San Francisco (9) for 6, and the rest of my life thus far in Seattle (5).

I'm going to keep tabs on this search and am not above some covert action if need be to retain bacon and cupcakes' authority over the financial crisis.

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