Google Search utilization

One of the cool things about Google Search is Search History.  You can enable it for your account and Google will keep track of things your search for and pages you visit from search results.  (It sounds like a nightmare for privacy concerned citizens, but I’m not one of them.)  Together with a very useful browsing of past search queries and results, you can also see Trends of your own Google usage.  It comes in a variety of forms and provides both entertaining value and an insight on how you work.  Here is a partial picture of my trends for the last year.

Google Search trends

December was both a time of holiday preparations and a start of my own business affairs.  Together that produced a spike in my search activities.  In April I was busy with things I knew inside out, so my search activities dropped significantly.

The weekly breakdown gives a fair picture of how I work.  On Monday I getting used to the new week and catch up with email and feeds.  On Tuesday I do most of my work, so the search activity is at its pick.  Then it goes down, down, down…

Hour stats indicate that I never sleep.  I’ve been searching on Google at any our of the day and night.  Most of my searches are around lunch time (14:00-15:00 and 16:00-17:00).  Also, it’s easy to see how my work hours are split up.  I seem to average high between 12:00pm and 21:00, which is like a whole 9 hours of work.  And then I have another productive session between 23:00 and 02:00am.  And that’s about right.

There is also another chart which shows monthly activity.  It gives a day by day breakdown of number of searches, a total number of search for that month, and a quick link to see search queries and results for any particular day.  Here is how it looks:

Google Search trends (August 2007)

So, this month I had four days with more than 151 searches per day.  Most of the days these month I generated between 76 and 150 searches per day.  A total so far is 5,194 searches.

I’m sure there are people who do much more Google searching.  But even with this numbers, it’s obvious that I’m dependent on Google.  Every single day, every single hour, I count on it to be there and to give me the results I expect.  What if one day it disappears?  I don’t even want to think about that…

8 thoughts on “Google Search utilization”

  1. >> It sounds like a nightmare for privacy concerned citizens, but I’m not one of them.)

    ROFL :lol:

    What if one day it disappears?

    So what! We can just google for another search engine! Er… ok I get the point…

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