Google Zeitgeist’s Accuracy

I posted a message at SearchEngineWatch forum about the accuracy of Google Zeitgeist especially the international version.

It was because I was just wondering how accurate the details they put there. Google Zeitgeist displays a list of most popular searches. It could mean seasonal or consistently in demand. But just like Yahoo! Buzz the rankings are pretty volatile although Google’s version does not appear as such; it is updated only once.

But in an age of automated searches, spam blogs and things that take away intimacy between the web and the surfer, the least I could expect is that the accuracy of that once-a-month update will be preserved. But it wasn’t.

I did not get lots of responses to that post but Danny Sullivan took care of it and posted it among the highlight blogs of the day.

Here are some of my findings:

1. Malaysia is spelt Malasia.

2. Singapore’s top search is Viagra? Does this mean people using Google Singapore search are ideal target for Viagra or Cialis spammers?

3. The URL for Singapore data actually is www.google.co.za as you can see (unless they changed it already).

I e-mailed Google and I got some pretty quick responses:

Hi Elmer,

Thank you for your note. We have passed your email on to the appropriate
team. We appreciate your taking the time to write to us.

Regards,
The Google Team

Original Message Follows:
————————
From: Elmer W. Cagape [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:29 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: [press] Correction

Hi,

Just wanna make some corrections.

http://www.google.com/press/intl-zeitgeist.html
Malaysia was spelled Malasia…

Elmer

PS.. Can’t believe Singapore people had “Viagra” as the most popular search in Feb.

I forgot to include that issue #3 so I mailed them the details. And here’s the reply:

Hi Elmer,

Thank you for your reply. Please be advised that we’ve passed your
additional comment on to the appropriate team.

If we can assist you further, please let us know.

Regards,
The Google Team

Hopefully the issue is fixed.