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Setting trends on the Official Google Blog covers a great holiday gift, a way to see your own top searches on Google. Very, very cool. You need Google Personalized Search active. Got it? Good, now go to your trends page. There you'll see the top 10 searches you've done, the top 10 sites you've visited and the top 10 things you've most clicked on.

The time period isn't given, and I'm gong to follow up to find out more the difference between sites visited and top clicks, since they feel very similar. You also get nice charts of monthly, daily and hourly search activity -- though what time zone that hourly activity shows isn't said. I'm guessing Pacific. If so, nice if you could adjust this to your own time zone in the future.

By the way, click on any of the bar charts, and you'll see details of the particular time period you've selected, in terms of top queries and top sites.

Finally, you're shown the top five things other people searched for that are similar to your searches. That's less than impressive, at least for me. Check out my list:

  1. christmas party games
  • بنك الرياض
  • backrub
  • santa gif
  • joe clark
  • None of these seem remotely to anything I've searched for, I'm afraid, especially number two.

    Postscript: I sent across these follow-up questions to Google, and here they are, with responses:

    1) What period covers the top tens? These my top ten searches today, this week, last 30 days?

    Those are top 10 of "all time" (since you started using Personalized Search).

    2) Monthly, if I click on a bar, is that the last month? Daily, the last particular day in a given week or all days (ie all Wednesdays) over a period of time. Same thing on hourly.

    If you click on a month, those are the top queries/sites for that month. If you click on a day (e.g., Wednesday), those are the top queries/sites for all Wednesdays. Same thing for hourly: that's the total across all days' searches during that hour.

    On hourly, what time zone. This all in Pacific? If so, plans to allow changing to your own time zone coming?

    It uses the user's local time zone (or to be more specific, the time zone of the user's computer). In fact, all of a user's search history is in their local time zone.


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