The singular – plural search term issue…

People overestimate how good they are at searching using search engines. Whilst many search engine deployments have improved, issues remain that many searchers are oblivious to. For example, today (16th May 2020) I made the query 'peru ignimbrite' (a volcanic rock) to a well known scholarly search engine, 270 results were returned. I made the... Continue Reading →

Past 7 days Google Trends Worldwide

Interesting to see the Google search volume patterns by country over the past 7 days, comparing the topics of health (blue) versus economy (red). Comparing through time, it appears that Italy and Vietnam have switched proportionally from 'health' to 'economy' in the last few days. Malaysia and Indonesia appear to have gone in the opposite... Continue Reading →

QUESTION: DO PEOPLE USE SEARCH ENGINES MORE WHEN WORKING REMOTELY FROM HOME COMPARED TO WORKING IN A PHYSICAL WORKPLACE OR INSTITUTION?

It may be possible that remote working from home becomes 'the norm' in some areas, with travel to the workplace 'the exception' (flipping the pre-lockdown practice for many). A resulting change in behaviour where people do indeed search their company resources and external literature 'more' could have implications on a number of levels. There is... Continue Reading →

Geology – What are we searching on?

These are the Top 100 sites we are visiting for queries containing the term "geology" for the past 3 months (Jan -March 2020) also showing their usage these past 12 months (source: similarweb). Average 213,000 queries a month. From Education to Engineering; Planetary Geology to Climate Change; Economic/Mining to Petroleum; Maps to News; Careers to... Continue Reading →

Additional evidence that we may be spending more time searching for information using search engines, most likely due to more people at home. What may be interesting to see is whether these are just short term changes, or whether recent events could have a longer lasting impact on search behaviour.

Google – Reversing Search Trends

The use of mobile search through smartphones and tablets has been on an unrelenting march ever since it was reported in 2015 as overtaking desktop search. During the past month (March 2020) there is evidence for a reversal of that trend. The most plausible explanation possibly being the lockdowns caused by COVID-19 with more people... Continue Reading →

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