My friend Kevin Barker mentioned how much fun he was having with Google Trends, not looking for any specific trends, but just looking for fun patterns and shapes. I thought I’d pass along the thought for those of you with time on your hands this weekend :-) Many of the examples on the Google Trends home page have interesting shapes, but here are a few of the fun searches Kevin mentioned:
Periodicity: full moon, cinco de mayo vs. groundhog day
Seasonality: shorts vs. sweaters
Short attention span: American Idol vs. weapons of mass destruction (American Idol is pretty interesting all by itself!)
Falling off a cliff: John Kerry
One thing that this makes me think is that Google ought to explore the concept of “interestingness”, like flickr does. I’ve been meaning to blog on that subject. RSN.