Now that we’re a few months into 2009, I thought it was appropriate to check on the popularity of certain key buzzwords related to this blog. For this, I used Google Trends, which does not reveal the actual volume of searches, but is useful nonetheless for tracking changes across time. These were the results:
Web 2.0, Social Network, and Social Media
Web 2.0 reached its peak in 2007, and though its no longer as talked about as it once was, it still enjoys significant search volume. Its related technologies, on the other hand, like social network and social media, are steadily gaining in popularity.
Blog and Twitter
In this second graph, we see the incredible rise in the popularity of the term “blog”, which it manages to hold to this day. Meanwhile, Twitter, which came much later, seems to have gained great momentum since the start of the year. This looks to bee in line with recent studies conducted on micro-blogging. Although its search volume is far from what “blog” currently enjoys, Twitter may just give it a run for its money in a few years.
Web App and Cloud Computing
The term “web app” is marching on steadily, increasing a little in searches for 2008 and is likely to do the same this year. In contrast, cloud computing is seeing a phenomenal rise, quite possibly because of economics and other factors pointed out by Anita in one of her previous posts.
Have you tried to use Google Trends for other keywords? What did you think of the results?