Search Insider: Google Hot Trends On USA Election Day, 2008
Google Hot Trends On USA Election Day, 2008 by Rob Garner , Wednesday, November 5, 2008
CONSIDERING THAT I AM WRITING this column on election day in the U.S., I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what people are searching for on this historic day, courtesy of Google Hot Trends. Google Hot Trends is a lot like Google Trends, except it's hotter. Actually, Hot Trends is an up-to-the minute mini-Zeitgeist of fastest rising daily search trends in Big G. Needless to say, the election is overwhelmingly on everyone's minds, but so are doughnuts, coffee, chicken sandwiches and other free stuff. In terms of search popularity today, voters win, and a few brands even win. Before we get into the Top 100 Hot Trends, let's take a quick look at the top campaign-related queries during the general election season (Sept. 1 through Nov. 4), courtesy of Google:
Top Political Personas 1. Obama 2. Palin 3. McCain 4. Tina Fey 5. Joe Biden 6. Chuck Norris 7. Cindy McCain 8. Bristol Palin 9. SNL Palin 10. Colin Powell
If you want to know why Chuck Norris is on this list, it's not because of his endorsement of Huckabee, it's because he counted to infinity - twice. And also because America is not a democracy - it's a Chucktatorship. Read more of Chuck's favorite facts at ChuckNorrisFacts.com.
Top Political Topics 1. Debate 2. Social Security 3. Presidential Debate 4. Polls 5. Voter Registration 6. Gas Prices 7. Oil Prices 8. FDIC 9. Electoral College 10. Socialism
Top Political News Sources 1. Drudge 2. Huffington Post 3. Gallup 4. Real Clear Politics 5. Rasmussen 6. Rush Limbaugh 7. Politico 8. 538 9. CNN Politics 10. Daily Kos
Here are a few of the most popular brands giving away free stuff on Election Day: - Chick-Fil-A - Ben and Jerry's - Krispy Kreme - Starbucks - Shane's Rib Shack - California Tortilla
In the Top 100 Hot Trends list, people were looking for the following things: - Exit poll info, results - Election news - Electoral College info - Voting shenanigans (intimidation, problems, etc.) - Brands giving away free stuff
While the Top 100 Hot trends list is heavily weighed around an election theme, we should note some of the other non-election items that caught our attention on this day: - Perceptive Pixel (arguably election related - neato touch screen technology used by CNN and SNL) - The Perfect Store - Circuit City closing stores - Kindle reader (the Oprah Effect continues)
And now, here is the full Top 100 Google Hot Trends as of 2:00 PM CNST (that's Chuck Norris Standard Time, formerly known as "Central Standard Time") on Election Tuesday, 2008.
1. exit polls 2008 2. black panthers 3. election results 2008 4. irina shayk 5. early voting exit polls 6. voting results 7. election update 8. who s winning the election 9. poll results 10. election polls 11. poll results obama vs mccain 12. election news 13. election returns 14. election coverage 15. chick fil a 16. current polls 17. who is winning the presidential race 18. cnn polls 19. early voting results 2008 20. jim moran 21. election status 22. presidential polls by state 23. msnbc politics 24. ben and jerrys 25. hey its free 26. cnn politics 27. election day freebies 28. free stuff for voting 29. fox news live 30. election tracker 31. voter turnout 32. krispy kreme locations 33. electoral college 34. electoral vote 35. poll update 36. why do we vote on tuesday 37. voting update 38. election map 39. voter intimidation 40. voting news 41. provisional ballot 42. presidential results 43. election 08 44. starbucks free coffee 45. i voted stickers 46. 2008 presidential election polls 47. election results so far 48. karl rove website 49. vote online 50. election standings 51. who s ahead in the polls 52. california propositions 2008 53. cnn electoral map 54. poll tracker 55. vote count 56. karl rove electoral map 57. current election poll results 58. voting status 59. nbcnews 60. free stuff on election day 61. cnn.com 62. heyitsfree.com 63. voting freebies 64. election progress 65. foxnews 66. who is leading in the polls 67. shanes rib shack 68. voting problems 69. brooke smith 70. starbucks vote 71. fox news election results 72. california tortilla 73. early returns 74. real time election results 75. cnn election 76. vote today 77. the perfect store 78. where to vote california 79. perceptive pixel 80. chickfila 81. voting records 82. msnbc.com 83. bob barr 84. california sample ballot 2008 85. election day 2008 us 86. philadelphia voting 87. israel national news 88. rush limbaugh listen live 89. am i registered to vote california 90. starbucks locations 91. cnn.com politics 92. philip busse 93. election projections 94. kindle reader 95. how is the election going 96. prop 8 results 97. up to date election results 98. npr 99. circuit city closing stores 100. when will we know who is president
Read more about Google Hot Trends election monitoring at the Google blog.
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