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Weekly Zeitgeist Encompasses Winter Pastimes Of All Kinds

Definition of Zeitgeist : A German term meaning “spirit of the time.” It refers to the moral and intellectual trends of a given era.

When used with Google it mean :

Pulling together interesting search trends and patterns requires Google’s human and computing power together. Search statistics are automatically generated based on the millions of searches conducted on Google over a given period of time – weekly, monthly, and annually. With some help from humans, and a pigeon or two when they have time, these statistics and trends make their way from the depths of Google’s hard drives to become the Google Zeitgeist report.


For U.S. Google users, mid-January means the quest is on for information on outdoor sports (football, skating) as well as favored indoor activities (Golden Globes, literary scandal, celebrity gossip). People are curious about stars currently on screen (James Franco) as well as those off-screen but in the news (Joe Pichler, Angelina Jolie, Kim Mathers). Headlines that began appearing last week pinpointed interest in an ethical problem (James Frey, Smoking Gun), though ethics weren’t the emphasis of a new news outlet in Japan (Naked News). Maybe (Friday the 13th) explains everything – but probably not.

For breaking news and obscure information alike, people around the world search on Google. Below is a summary of the Google Zeitgeist results for the top 15 gainers on Google.com when comparing search queries that have risen by a significant percentage for the week of January 9-16.

For more information, visit the Google Zeitgeist at http://www.google.com/zeitgeist.

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