A site of endless curiosity

Querying the Global Zeitgeist in 2010

leave a comment »

Sometimes you have to live with something for a while to discover all that it can tell you. 

When Twitter first came on the scene back in about 2006 the first use of it was to broadcast short messages among a handful of people.  Now with 190 million global users of Twitter, the ability to tweet from almost any mobile device, and the fact that people do tweet important events – or just what is on their mind – Twitter has become much more than simple message passing at a point in time.  The more of it is that by collecting, aggregating, inspecting, slicing, dicing, and categorizing these tweets one can get an idea of the “global mind”. 

That is, Twitter messages taken together over some period of time and analyzed can provide insight as to what is important and what matters to the citizens on this planet at that particular time in history.  It’s the Zeitgeist of the thing – “the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and/or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambience, morals, sociocultural direction, and mood associated with an era.”

The same is true of Goggle searches. What people search for is indicative of what is important to them.  To the extent that Google is global just like Twitter, it too can provide a keyhole view into the Global Zeitgeist.

So, what did people search for in 2010 and what does it reveal about what was important to the global citizens of planet earth?  Check out this Google video

Find out more –

Get the details from Google –

See the Tweets from the Congress of the United States –
Twitter Spy – A mashup of real-time tweets from the public timeline –
Real-time Twitter pictures mapped globally –
Twitter-ing in real-time around the world –
Twitter search –

Still don’t know what Twitter is good for.  Then check out this Google Talks video on Twitter for Business 101

Or maybe you don’t know what Twitter is.  Then let Marina Orlova “splain” it to you

Written by frrl

December 11, 2010 at 6:49 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: