What a day. Thoughts:
– I’ll post more on Google Co-op and Google Trends in the next few days.
– One of the things that strikes me about Google Co-op is that it’s open; many vertical searches are walled gardens, but Co-op is more of an open garden that anyone can contribute to; the users get sent outside of Google.
– Google Trends is pretty addictive. For example, in the search [full moon, solar eclipse] you can see regular spikes when people search for “full moon,” and you can see spikes when there were solar eclipses. You can see news coverage of the solar eclipses too. The query [summer, winter] shows how these queries wax and wane. While [olympics, torino] let you see when the Olympics are, and when the Torino Olympics were. It really is addictive to throw things out like [flowers, mother’s day] or [serenity, firefly]
– If I had a nickel for every time Orlowski wrote a linkbait article, I estimate that I’d have $1.20. 🙂 I knew a girl in high school that really liked to be the center of attention. We eventually concluded that “if you talked about her, she won.” Because if you kept talking about her, you just encouraged her.
– I feel bad for any search engine that launches on Google Press Day. 🙂 So I want to send some love to Yokel; it’s a local shopping engine mentioned in today’s SearchCast. “Local shopping engine” sounds like the worst of local engines and shopping engines, but it’s not. For example, I’ve been attempting to procure season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for, um, a friend. I checked the local Target, Wal-Mart, Tower Records, the San Jose Best Buy, and the Suncoast Video store in Valley Fair Mall that the directory says exists but when you walk the entire length of the mall, the store is in fact not open. (Bastards!). I finally gave up and Amazon’ed it last night. But if you do this search on Yokel, you’d see that the East Palo Alto Best Buy probably has it. I’m not sure if that’s true, but at least it didn’t suggest any places that I’d checked. Good stuff, Yokel.
One last thought: I’m still using a crufty old version of Google Desktop Search (GDS), maybe v1. Why? Because that version is so old that I think that updating loses your search history. I really like having my safety net of being able to search my surfing history, so I’ve resisted upgrading, even when they introduced the “control control” shortcut to pop up a search box. Now there’s gadgets and a “shift shift” shortcut to toggle those, plus improved indexing. So I may finally cave and upgrade.