Answers to the puzzlers:
1. Annual, sharp peak. Halloween
2. Annual, broad peak. Summer
3. Peaks twice per year. Daylight savings time
4. Peaks four times per year. Quarterly tax
5. Peaks every two years. Olympics
6. Single broad peak. 2007
7. Steady multi-year rise. SEO
I happened upon the Google Insights for Search page this evening. After testing a few search terms and observing patterns in the data, I came up with a little game. It goes like this: pick a trend, and then see if you can find search terms that generate that trend. So for example, suppose you want a trend that consists of a narrow annual spike, like this.
1. Annual, sharp peak.
This trend was generated by using a holiday as the search term. Can you guess which one?
Below are several additional trends. See if you can guess how each was generated, or try generating your own. I’ll post the answers in a couple of days.
2. Annual, broad peak.
3. Peaks twice per year.
4. Peaks four times per year.
5. Peaks every two years.
6. Single broad peak.
7. Steady multi-year rise.
Bonus challenge: Come up with terms that generate a steady multi-year fall.
Lots of people and TV trucks gathered to watch.
An action shot of me walking along the Santa Monica beach last month. What am I looking at? I don’t remember!
Still winning the top google position for this search.
Just upgraded blog.grumet.net to the latest WordPress. Giving a little love to the blog! It’s amazing to realize that we’re approaching our 7th birthday here. So many exciting developments on the Internets in that time. I look forward to many more years of hacking and writing.