Your Own Personal Google Zeitgeist

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.