For both breaking news and obscure information alike, people around the world search Google. This flurry of searches often exposes interesting trends, patterns, and surprises.
The Google Zeitgeist page is regularly updated to reflect tidbits of information related to the search behavior of Google users.
Zeitgeist is originally a German expression, which means “the spirit (Geist) of the time (Zeit)”. It denotes the intellectual and cultural climate of an era.
It is a term that refers to the ethos of a cohort of people, that spans one or more subsequent generations, who despite their diverse age and socio-economic background experience a certain worldview, which is prevalent at a particular period of socio-cultural progression. Zeitgeist is the experience of a dominant cultural climate that defines, particularly in Hegelian thinking, an era in the dialectical progression of a people or the world at large.
According to Google’s Zeitgeist Press center:
Pulling together interesting search trends and patterns requires Google’s human and computing power together. Search statistics are automatically generated based on the millions of searches conducted on Google over a given period of time – weekly, monthly, and annually. With some help from humans, and a pigeon or two when they have time, these statistics and trends make their way from the depths of Google’s hard drives to become the Google Zeitgeist report.
We should note that in compiling the Zeitgeist, no individual searcher’s information is available or accessible to us. What you see here is a cumulative snapshot of interesting queries people are asking some over time, some within country domains, and some on Google.com that perhaps reveal a bit of the human condition. We appreciate the contribution all Google users make to these fascinating bits of information.