Google Trends is a useful tool for tracking the popularity of a search time over time. Google has now revamped the interface to make it easier to filter those results by country, time or type and added a calendar view of topics that have been popular in the last thirty days.
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A new study claims to have discovered patterns in Google search terms relating to finance, which could be used to reveal early-warning signs of stock market moves (it sounds like a 'get rich quick' scheme, doesn't it?). Armed with nothing but Google Trends, canny investors and traders have the potential to anticipate whether the stock market will rise or fall before it happens.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Google Trends has a newly-added ability to show unique visitor statistics for multiple sites—just type in site URLs separated by commas to get rough traffic estimates based on searches and other data. The thumbnail chart here suggests that Apple.com gets a bit more regular interest than Windows or Ubuntu's home pages.
One of our favourite Google products you forgot all about—Google Trends—now offers comparison data as a CSV spreadsheet-friendly file. You've got to be signed into your Google Account to see the "Export this page as a CSV file" link. Here's the Google Trends comparison of searches for "GTD" versus "Lifehacker".