Posts Tagged ‘trends’

imagesBoy, these are tough times for the American workforce. When we talk about layoffs, it’s bittersweet. I say that because layoffs can mean companies are prioritizing to face the hard times ahead. And, at the same time, layoffs mean thousands of families that must struggle to find new means of surviving. According to ABC news, this morning’s layoff total will climb past 40,000 [jump to the article]

Three search requests are dominating Google’s top 20: Caterpillar Layoffs[#8],  Sprint Layoffs [#10], and Home Depot Layoffs 2009 [#17]. The search terms Home Depot Expo [#4] and Expo Design Center [#6] comes with the news that, in addition to layoffs, Home Depot will be shutting all of its expo centers [source]. The list stores can be found here. Caterpillar has it rough, too. They will be cutting 20% of their workforce.

Missing from the trending is Pfizer, which will also be laying off employees after acquiring Wyeth for $68 billion dollars.

So, it’s tough to see Caterpillar and Home Depot having trouble, but also a telecommunication company? Sprint will be laying off 8,000 people. That’s 13% of its entire workforce.images-1

There is a stimulus package in the works; President Obama has been fiercely pushing for its approval. Today’s news only emphasizes the rising need for help. Also, it should be a signal to Obama that job creation is a priority above Iraq. I’m ready for the end of Iraq–get our soldiers home–but we definitely found the hole in the bottom of the boat. It’s jobs.

Today Tim Geithner, Obama’s pick for Treasury Secretary, will face the Senate again for approval. For those out of the loop, the Senate is concerned over Tim Geithner’s past failure to pay his taxes. He is also proposing a 700 billion dollar program to help the economy, one that also concerns the Senate.

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//Update 11:05 A.M. JAN 16

Here is a great video of the plane.

Plus a good example of a vlog on flight 1549. I hope you’re out there sharing your opinions via vids, and the comments on the following vid are a great read.

//UPDATE 10:55 A.M. JAN 16


As I’ve said before, we’re all now fans of Capt. Sullenberger. Now you can show that respect and admiration via Facebook groups. There is one tribute group that already has 2,000+ members. It’s called “Pilot of Flight 1549 Chesley B. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger III.” Folks have posted their thanks on the group’s wall, and some have joined the few discussions. One jumped out to me: “GIVE MONEY TO THE HERO?” People debate whether Sully should receive an award for his heroism, and I promise some great things have been said. Jump to the group>>


This story has started to make an impression on the photo-sharing site Flickr. If you search “Flight 1549” you can find some interesting pictures of the crash site, like the one above. There are also photos of the flight path and survivors. Click here to jump to the search>>

Below, you can find a picture of the plane pre-crash.


U.S. Flight 1549 took off from La Guardia Airport this afternoon only to crash land moments later into the freezing Hudson River. Everyone is alive. That is, except for some geese (we think.)

Apparently, the smallest object can destroy the engine of a plane. Most of the time, pilots are on the look out for birds. A single bird can seriously damage that engine – so it stands to reason that a flock of geese could’ve caused 1549 to make an emergency landing.

So let’s see how it’s trending.


People normally use Twitter to send their followers short reports on major news events. You can still find some of those, but a large group of twitter-ers are sending their thanks to the pilot Captain Chesley Sullenberger. He saved the day, and he deserves every bit of thanks.

picture-3In a very interesting move, Captain “Sully” is using Twitter sort of. A fan set up an account to honor him.


And as you can see below, the event has dominated Twitter.



Google shows that the plane crash is the hottest trend right now. All top 10 spots are search terms related to to the crash:


In fact, it dominates nearly the entire top 100 search terms. People are looking for sites with coverage, and Google is certainly helping.


Here’s one blog with a picture of the plane moments before its landing.

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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taking into custody today.


The hot search today is for the governor’s arrest. Political junkies will have been watching the governor very closely because he was the person who chooses Obama’s successor in the Senate. The best candidates for the job have been the governor’s harshest critics.

Now it’s a good thing he’s out of the picture. It turns out that he was actually trying to sell the Senate seat to the highest bidder. What a dirty crook! In fact he said that the Senate seat “is a valuable f*cking thing. You don’t just give it away for nothing.” POTTY MOUTH!

So, we are all now interested to see how this will affect the Senate appointment.{info via National Post’s….post.}

Let’s see how this embarrassing story is trending:

He takes up 5 slots in the top 10 on Google Trends.  And I bet he’s trying to buy the other slots, the stinking thug.

The governor’s stats are interesting on Google. Today is actually not his busiest day of search traffice…hm…



On Twitter, the governor also takes 5 spots (probably bought off all those twitter-ers, ugh!) Here is an example of what people are saying:


Jump to read more tweets about the the jailbird>>

And he’s got 1000+ Diggs for the Chicago Tribune story (which you can read right here.)


Here is the Wikipedia article on Gov. Blagojevich>>

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{via Leah}


I like to track search trends because it’s so freaking cool to see how what’s on our collective minds. Today, you should expect Hillary to dominate blogs, tweets, and searches.

Also, it’s official that we’re in a recession.

Looks like 2008, even with 1 more month, has been one helluva year.

So what were we searching on Yahoo? Luckily there’s Yahoo Buzz: A Year in Review 2008. (Sent by my Facebook friend Leah…We’re still sorting out how we’re friends lol!)

It’s interesting that under the news section Election 2008 was 3rd compared to the term “Hurricanes.” One would think Election 2008 would be the most popular term this year, but then again we had some nasty storms. Plus most people didn’t use the term Election 2008 to feed their political cravings.

And perhaps the saddest part of the page is the farewell section. The untimely death of Heath Ledger boosted his search term to the top. It’s just a shame that so many untimely deaths are on that list; such as Isaac Hayes, Bernie Mac, George Carlin, Brad Renfro and Tim Russert.

UPDATE/// TechCrunch, in a similar post, shows last years list:

  1. Britney Spears
  2. WWE
  3. Paris Hilton
  4. Naruto
  5. Beyonce
  6. Lindsay Lohan
  7. Rune Scape
  8. Fantasy Football
  9. Fergie
  10. Jessica Alba

Wow….lots of repeats///

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“Hey, dude, what’s u– Are you reading Twilight?”


“Are you, a 22 year old man, reading a teen angst novel about vampires?”

“It’s my sister’s. I was just browsing…I mean, they’re vampires so it’s not that bad.”

“Yeah, and Harry Potter’s a wizard, but you don’t see me reading those dumb books.”

“How dare you talk that way about Harry!?”

“Dude, let’s go watch Quantum of Solace…er…are you crying?”

“Edward Cullen’s so sweet…”


“He’s a vampire, and he treats Bella Swan so well. So well.”

“Bro, please watch True Blood. There are boobs. Do you remember what those look like? Breasts? Remember how those used to attract you?”

I haven’t read the books, but that puts me in the minority. Tonight several people will line up at theatre to see Stephanie Meyer’s book Twilight come to life. The book is part of a series – ahem saga – that follows the relationship of Edward Cullen, a vampire, and Bella Swan, a human. Her blood smells oh so sweet to Edward, but he suppresses his appetite to love her in one of those most sweeping teen novels.

There is buzz on Twitter. Twitter-ers are talking about their excitement for tonight. Check it out>>


You can see some cool fan art, like this sketch of the first book’s cover art, at DeviantArt:


Check out more>> Or check out my favs below:



And here’s a fan made trailer that’s…not half bad…

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First, watch Obama’s first weekly address:

What is this? A fireside-chat style YouTube address from President-Elect Barack Obama. Check out this past post for full details.

Now, the viral part…

The address is a hawt trend on blogs:


There are also some tweets about the address. (click the pic or here to see more tweets about this topic.)


Mashable has picked up on this story, but not CNN. Expect this topic to trend well on Monday once major networks start to pick up on this story.

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Now, normally, I’d look at Boston City Hall as an insignificant thing to cover under my trends section. BUT, there’s something hilarious – possibly embarrassing – going on here. Why does Boston’s city hall top Google’s search? Because Reuters did a report on VirtualTourist.com’s post about the 10 ugliest buildings/monuments, one that Yahoo featured on its homepage. So, what’s the matter? The Reuters article doesn’t feature pictures of the buildings. So obviously the reader, whether on Reuters or Yahoo, would have to search the term “Boston City Hall” to find the picture.

Well, Yahoo Buzz, its equivalent of Google Trends, does not have the search term in the top 20.

Let’s remember that there is a search bar above the article on Yahoo…So, a curious reader could easily search for the term.

So we have 3 potential occurences – all embarrassing.

  1. Readers simply do not care about seeing ugly buildings. Possibility, but there obviously is an interest trending on Google.
  2. Google is getting a surge from Reuters readers. This is worse because it means Yahoo readers just don’t give a #$%@ about their featured articles – or maybe this specific article.
  3. The worst: Yahoo readers simply don’t like using its search, and thus decided to hop over to Google to use it’s more impressive image search.

Again, any takers on that $10.82 stock from Yahoo?

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