Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2008-03-05

Wednesday Night Lights: Band Names

So on my Twitter feeds today, Merlin Mann linked to Google Trends and made the comment that it could be a "One-stop shop for band names."

Google Trends, if you didn't know already, is a constantly updated list of search terms that were used on a given day. Or as Google puts it:"Google Trends aims to provide insights into broad search patterns. Several approximations are used when computing your results. Please keep this in mind when using it." You can even click into the terms to see its search volume.

Going back to Merlin's idea, if I look at the current list, I see search phrases that could be emo band names like "mock turtle soup," "aunt jemima recall," "identical triplets," and "posh puppy." This made me think of an off-the-cuff remark I made at Midwinter that the great and mighty Linda Braun tweeted about. For the click adverse, I muttered the phrase 'guilt by proxy' and Linda thought that was a great Rock Band band name.

The more I look at the Google Trends page, the more applications I can see. You could use it to write quizes for what was on people's minds on certain days. It could be an informal research tool in the same manner. You could use the search terms as writing prompts. The Trends only go back to May of last year, so you couldn't use it to make a display of "things on people's minds one year ago today." But, as long as May represents when they started tracking Trends, in a few months you should be able to make such a display.

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