Google's Top Charts Lets Users Keep Up With Trends

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-05-31

Search engine giant Google's Top Charts feature on the company's Trends Web page is making it easier for online users to keep up with the latest people, places, products and subjects that are trending in Google searches. The lists, which are ranked by search interest by millions of users online, will be updated monthly, according to Google. To create the lists, Google studied an aggregation of more than a trillion searches that people typed into Google Search over the year and then filtered out spam and repeat queries to come up with the top searches. All the information studied was collected anonymously and included no personally identifiable information. It's an addictive time-waster and argument-settlement site that is sure to make list lovers very, very happy: A wide assortment of more than 40 list categories are featured in Top Charts, including actors, animals, athletes, authors, baseball players, baseball teams, books, cars, cities, colleges and universities, movies, musical artists, politicians, reality shows, retail companies, scientists and more. The list also looks at "trending" Web searches, which are searches about hot topics that had the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2012, compared with 2011. Here's a look at what some of April's hottest topics.


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