Friday, November 11, 2011

Google and the rise and fall of political movements

Since 2007, compare Google searches for "tea party" and "occupy wall street":
And over the last 90 days, looking at "occupy wall street" and just "occupy".
Even though the word occupy has much wider applications than the political movement, it's interesting to see it correlating here with the OWS movement, showing how strongly that term has taken off. But we also see a peak, followed by decline. Will it recover, or peter out like the tea party searches seem to have?

Finally, interesting to see how the Occupy rhetoric about being 'the 99%' also caught on to the extent that searches for "99%" and "1%" correlate with searches for "OWS":

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