I ran a few comparisons in Google Trends that I thought might be interesting:
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- Coke, Pepsi
I did this just as a baseline. You'd expect they come out pretty similar & in fact, they did.
- Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderman
Okay, this just goes to show how big the movie releases impact interest in these characters. You see huge spikes in interest when their films release in theaters.
- Obama, McCain
Perhaps Google Trends will turn out to be a good predictor of election winners? Interest in Obama certainly overwhelmed McCain prior to the election. Of course, they always said the internet is a younger more liberal crowd. It's notable how dramatically interest tapers off after Nov 4th.
- iPhone, Blackberry, G1
I thought I'd compare the three top "next gen" phones out there. iPhone has been around over a year. The Blackberry has been steadily increasing. The G1 is pretty new - will Android be bigger than iPhone? We'll have to wait & see...
- Apple, Microsoft, Ubuntu
Speaking of technology, I thought I'd compare these OS & PC platforms. Microsoft is actually decreasing over the long term. Apple has been slowly increasing & Ubuntu is surprisingly strong riser! I'm not sure what the little humps in the Ubuntu trendline are... my guess would be new distribution releases.
- Prop 8, Bailout, Global Warming, Gas Prices, Britney Spears
And last but not least, what have been major issues facing our country in 2008? I tried a few & threw in Britney Spears for measure. Sadly, Britney Spears is of greater interest to googlers than our national crises on your average day. However, you can see definite spikes when Prop 8, bailouts, & gas prices peaked our interests.
Give Google Trends a try yourself with & feel free to share interesting ones!