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Feb 16, 2009, 08:23 AM
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imagineer2000
Feb 16, 2009, 04:28 PM
It is good to see the iPhone get its due, but I think the trends are not always indicative of success. Try this one:"John McCain and Barak Obama" (http://trends.google.com/trends?q=John+McCain%2C+Barak+Obama&ctab=0&geo=US&date=all&sort=0) It looks like McCain wins the hype-o-meter easily (like the iPhone) but he obviously lost the election. "Hype" as it is defined by Google trends is not always a measure of success.

hesdeadjim
Feb 17, 2009, 05:46 PM
It is good to see the iPhone get its due, but I think the trends are not always indicative of success. Try this one:"John McCain and Barak Obama" (http://trends.google.com/trends?q=John+McCain%2C+Barak+Obama&ctab=0&geo=US&date=all&sort=0) It looks like McCain wins the hype-o-meter easily (like the iPhone) but he obviously lost the election. "Hype" as it is defined by Google trends is not always a measure of success.

You made a good point but I was thinking, and most people refer to Barak Obama just as Obama. So I did a search of McCain vs. Obama (http://trends.google.com/trends?q=McCain%2C+Obama&ctab=0&geo=US&geor=all&date=all&sort=0) and you get a different result.

Nevertheless, I would say that Google trends is more of a measure of interest than hype. Hype could be linked to interest, but not necessarily.