Google Flu Trends + Sharing your life for the better

Google Flu Trends
Screen shot of Google Flu Trends 1-13-2013 <click image to view map>

If you haven’t seen Google’s helpful flu tracking tool, you should check it out (here). The search giant created a ‘Flu Trends’ page based of search trends found through their tool ‘Google Insights for Search’ (view page).

As you might expect, there are more flu-related searches during flu season, more allergy-related searches during allergy season, and more sunburn-related searches during the summer. – From Google Flu Trends ‘How it works’ page here

Makes sense to me. I would think that there are more searches for Santa Claus in November and December than in April, and more in areas where people recognize the jolly man.

But, how do we feel about Google logging all of our keystrokes?  

Usually, I am incredibly skeptical on companies/organizations keeping all my data and information (but yes I still ‘Google’ and ‘Facebook’). But the use of my information for good? If it’s possible, I say, do it. I know, this does beg the question: ‘where will it end?’ 

I don’t have that answer. But, I have to say, I love trend maps like this one. It really brings out the marketer in me.

What kind of trend maps would you like to see from Google?

Who am I? I donno, but do not just ask Google.

Today, if people want to get to know a client, potential employee, consultant or even a date, we can Google them. From there you might be able to see college activities, their current employer, wedding pictures or blog posts. However, there’s so much that Google isn’t able to find… even with their mad search engine and crazy connections to social networks.

To see what Google sees, I put my name into the search box and this is what happened: Continue reading Who am I? I donno, but do not just ask Google.

Google is taking over… and I am enabling them

This is going to be a series on how I use Google and all it’s products. I will be evaluating my use and potential positive uses of their products. Believe it or not, some of these free services could assist with homelessness, joblessness and overall community needs. Stay tuned for more.

Google is getting out of control, but can you blame the search engine giant? I mean it’s amazing what has changed in the past 5 years. They’ve gone from taking the search engine  title to having great email options, online documents, ways to share documents, photos, slide-shows online and more. It’s amazing what’s possible, and they are definitely the group to push copyright and legal buttons. I can’t blame them, they do it so well.

Continue reading Google is taking over… and I am enabling them