We hope you've enjoyed our look back at the happenings
of 2009. But the story doesn't have to end there—if
you're interested in further exploring search trends
around the world, there are a variety of ways to do so.
How many ways can you say "Zeitgeist?"
You can use a wide range of Google Translate tools to
translate any of our international year-end Zeitgeist
pages into up to 51 languages. If, for example, you
speak Spanish but want to read what was top-of-mind in
Japan this year, just enter the text or the webpage URL
of the Japan Zeitgeist page into Google Translate and
read it in your own language. Or you can use
on Internet Explorer or Firefox—our newest
version with advanced translation will translate the
page for you automatically.
Our Year-End Zeitgeist is just a small sampling of the
queries and search trends that we found interesting this
year. If you want to go beyond what we've shared here, try
using these tools to discover more about global and
regional search terms over time (in some cases, as far
back as 2004).
Google Trends - For a broad look
at search query data, enter up to five search terms to
see relative popularity over time. You can use Trends to
compare terms in any language from any country—the
interface is currently available
in U.S. English, Japanese,
Trends for Websites (U.S. only) - Google Trends
traffic data. Type in a website address to see visitors
by region and related sites visited.
Insights for Search - A
closer look at search query data for power users. Create
your own lists of "most popular" and "fastest rising"
queries for different geographic regions over time and
by topic. Insights for Search is available in 39
(U.S., India, Singapore,
only) - The top 40 fastest-rising search queries right
now, updated continuously throughout the day.
Perhaps you just want to take a closer look at your own
web behavior over the past year. While the data we used
for our Zeitgeist is anonymous and in aggregate, there are
a few places you can look to examine your own "personal
zeitgeist" if you have a Google account.
Web History - If
you've chosen to enable Web History in your Google
Account, you can get an interesting glimpse at your own
web activity, such as top queries and peak activity over
time. To try it out, log into Web History with your
Google Account and click on the "Trends" tab. This might
not account for all of your web activity, but it can be
a fun look back at your query and browsing history over
- If you use Google Reader to read blogs and other RSS
feeds, you can view your reading trends by going to the
"Trends" tab under "Your stuff" in the lefthand menu.