Monday, December 10th, 2018

Hot Topics on Google Trends are history. Google now is simply showing the top 10 Hot Searches — what Google users are searching for the most, updated hourly. Whereas Google used to show 10 Hot Topics on the left and 10 Hot Searches on the right, now the Hot Searches have been split in half, appearing over both sides, and the “More Hot Topics” search box is also gone:…

If you look at Hot Searches in Google Trends for Feb. 7, 2010, “dockers free pants” ranks #1, “dockers.com/freepants” ranks #2, “dockers super bowl ad” ranks #10, and “www.dockers.com/freepants” ranks #14….

Google announced a bunch of new features today. Let’s dive in: Real-time integration See the latest tweets, blogs, news etc. You can click on “Latest results” in the search results or the “Latest” link in the Search Options panel in order to get more results for a given keyword/phrase. Hot Topics on Google Trends This feature is similar to “trending topics” on Twitter. This is not the same as “Hot Trends” launched in September. That included a Google graph at the bottom of search results if you happened to search one of the top 100 hottest trends in Google search…

Okay, so Google Flu Trends has been around since November of 2008. But Google has found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Check out the world map below to see how Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity. It is intense in Canada and Norway. It is high in Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. Each week, millions of users around the world search for health information online. As you might expect, there are more flu-related searches during flu season, more allergy-related searches during allergy season, and…

The good news about companies competing to get information about the flu out to the public is that said public now has abundant resources to stay informed. Microsoft and Google are both promoting their flu sites this week; here’s the lowdown: Microsoft launched an H1N1 site this week. Check it out at http://www.h1n1responsecenter.com. The site helps people assess their symptoms to see if they meet H1N1 criteria. “If current estimates are correct, many emergency departments across the nation could be overwhelmed by two groups of patients — those who have H1N1 and those who believe they have H1N1,” said Angela…

If you happen to be searching one of the 100 hottest trends on Google Search, you’ll now see a Google Trends graph of the keyword at the bottom of the search results. Meanwhile, Google Trends will now only display the top 40 trends instead of the top 100. And they’ll get Ryan Seacrest to deliver the results on his radio show. Just kidding. Despite the reduction of displayed top trends, the new search results feature will still affect the top 100 trends….