Oscar 2011 Predictions: Can Search Trends Tell Us Who Will Win?

It's that time of year again! The lists are out and the voting has begun.

side_oscar.jpgNo, I'm not talking about the Academy, I'm talking about the search engines. For the past few years, speculation about Oscar winners and search trends have grown.

Last year, Google noted all the hot search trends that occurred during the annual awards show. This year, Google created an entire Oscar Search Trends Web site to help people track the would-be winners.

But Google isn't the only one. Yahoo has their own Academy Awards search trend list. While it's not based on search trends, Yahoo offers a predicted winners site of their own based on Yahoo user input.

The lists are quite different, too:

For Best Picture, Yahoo trends favor's Black Swan and True Grit. Google's trends favors The Social Network, followed by Black Swan.

For Best Actor, Yahoo trends toward Javier Bardem, while Google trends say James Franco.

For Best Actress, both sites' trends agree on Natalie Portman.

Who will win -- Yahoo! or Google? Do you think search trends will predict the winner?

About the author

Thom is a seasoned techincal SEO and digital analytics veteran. His current role as VP of Development and IT at Internet Marketing Ninjas includes the improvement of internal processes, leading the creation and refinement of industry-leading tools across multiple brands.

Previously he was a premier independent consultant, held a a senior search position at nationally renown TopRank Online Marketing and led all digital web-related technology's at Rochester Institute of Technology's Saunders College of Business. He also led analytics strategy efforts for the university's mobile initiative.

Part of the ClickZ Academy faculty, Thom has also taught for several well-respected colleges and universities. He is a regular speaker at ClickZ Live events and is a veteran of TEDx as well.