Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Where do Google Hot Trends come from?

Some preliminary thoughts on where Google Hot Trends come from:

  • News (celebrities, scandals, politics, etc.)
  • Popular blogs and blog posts
  • Announcements (such as availability of tickets for concerts)
  • Upcoming events (holidays, sports events, etc.)
  • What's on TV (especially cable movies and sports events)
  • Game show questions (especially from "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?")
  • Contest questions (especially on radio)
  • Crossword clues (especially from the New York Times and Los Angeles Times)
These categories are in no particular order. They also may overlap. Indeed, a potential search term in one category (such as news) will likely filter over to other categories (such as blogs), increasing the buzz.

Am I missing any categories?

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