Google Trends Page Updated to Give Users More Information
Google continues to add features to Trends. This time it's a new home page that makes it easier to find the trends you are seeking.Google has updated its Google Trends search page with several new features to make it easier for users to find the specific trend information they are seeking. The improved Trend page comes just after Google released its 13th annual Zeitgeist list of the most popular trending searches for the year. No. 1 on that list was former South African President Nelson Mandela, followed by searches for the actor Paul Walker and the Apple iPhone 5S. Google releases the Zeitgeist, or "Spirit of the Times," lists and an accompanying Year in Review video each December to highlight the top trending searches by online visitors to Google.com in the past year. The new Trends updates are related to the Zeitgeist lists and trends efforts, wrote Nemo Tamir, a Google software engineer, in a Dec. 18 post on the Google Inside Search Blog. "We hope you enjoyed exploring the year in searches yesterday as part of the annual Year-End Google Zeitgeist," wrote Tamir. "Now that you've had a chance to see the video, explore the charts, and dive into what's on people's minds everywhere from Sydney to Omaha, you may be interested to learn about some updates to Google Trends that can extend the Zeitgeist experience year-round. As of yesterday, you'll see a number of updates to help you discover interesting tools and stories, find locally relevant information, and do it all on the go on your mobile phone."
The most obvious change in Google Trends is the updated home page, he wrote, which formerly first presented users with the most recent Hot Searches. Now users can go to the Top Charts listings to see what is trending at that moment, while also perusing a far wider range of ongoing trends, Tamir wrote. "With Top Charts, you can explore how different topics stack up against each other, from athletes, to song lyrics, to stocks. You can also search or click 'Explore In-Depth' and look up detailed reports for any topic you want (including entities and topics)."