This assignment uses Google Trends, a service that allows you to see the relative popularity of search terms typed into Google. It also allows you to track search terms and traffic to different web sites by region. In this post you will use Google Trends to investigate the Bartelle reading.
Part I. Get Used to Google Trends. First, try out Google trends to get used to it. Go to http://trends.google.com/ and try the sample search "boots, shoes" (be sure to use the comma). You'll see that the keyword "boots" is less popular than "shoes." Also notice that people look for "boots" in more in the winter. If you look carefully, you'll see there is a small spike of interest in "shoes" when an Iraqi journalist threw a shoe at President Bush in December, 2008.
Next, change the region box (in the upper-right) to "United Arab Emirates." You'll see that boots are not searched for very often at all there (it is flat and hot), and the interest in "shoes" after the President Bush shoe-throwing incident was much more pronounced. There are many other things you can notice as well. Feel free to experiment.
Then, try out Google trends for Websites by clicking "Websites" or visiting http://trends.google.com/websites . This compares traffic to different web addresses. Try the search: "uiuc.edu, illinois.edu". You'll notice that most people who visit these sites also visit a few other interesting sites related to life in Champaign-Urbana. Also the university's new domain name is gaining in popularity and the older domain name is declining.
Experiment with keyword searches at http://trends.google.com/ and website searches at http://trends.google.com/websites until you are comfortable using them. For instance, try comparing the keywords for two similar bands, celebrities, products, or politicians (facebook, myspace). Try comparing the websites for two similar companies or services (facebook.com, myspace.com).
Part II. Choose a Claim to Investigate. Use Google Trends to find support for an argument from the Bartelle reading. (You may have to experiment for a while until you find results that make sense.) Choose ONE of the following options and paste the text into your blog:
Part III. Write up your results, explaining how they support the argument you chose from the Bartelle reading. You may also want to reflect on other parts of the Bartelle reading where your results might be relevant.
Two important requirements:
TIP: If you get stuck, use the thesaurus, dictionary, SearchSpy, or Google Hot Trends to get you thinking about what people search for. On some web browsers you can also look through a list of things you've searched for in the past.
Post an answer of at least 300 words to your blog. Stating which option you chose does not count toward the word limit.
Due Date: Thurs. Nov. 5, 2009 at 12 noon.