Google just released a few new offerings reasserting itself as a search company, including Google trends, a service that allows anyone to view search volume for a given term.
I tried it out this morning and found some interesting uses:
Search for Stephen Colbert:
Look at how his results peaked after the CSPAN video. Also interesting to note the most results are coming from my very own liberal center Seattle.
Search for all the big internet players:
While people are putting down MySpace as a trend, it continues gaining growth on the big 4 (in terms of search results). Google just admitted that MySpace makes up 10% of all it's search results. That's huge. Notice LV is the #1 city, for MySpace searches, big surprise there ;)