The Current State of Stuff

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According to Google Trends, the number of people searching for stuff has been in a steady decline since at least 2004. Meanwhile, the amount of stuff in the news has been on a steady rise. Currently, New Zealand searches for stuff about three times as much as any other country. City-wise, Auckland and North Shore, both in New Zealand, lead the world in terms of how much stuff they look for. Most people looking for stuff are doing so in English, followed by Swedish.
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leave it to Joebert to find that kind of stuff.
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Searching for things seems to be more popular than searching for stuff.
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Did you know that things and stuff translated to Dutch, the second most popular language for people to search for things, is "dingen en dingen" ?
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Oh, you guys mean searching for the word 'stuff' and 'thing'? :lol:
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joebert wrote:
Did you know that things and stuff translated to Dutch, the second most popular language for people to search for things, is "dingen en dingen" ?

wait, dutch or swedish? second most popular search language, I mean.
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It would appear that today there are more people searching for things in Swedish than stuff in Dutch.
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so it changes day to day? they must be neck and neck then.

funny I'd imagine it would be something like indian or chinese, seeing as how widely it's spoken. Or spanish. But I guess all of those cover huge swathes of people who live in poor conditions with no internet access. In sweden and holland every household has an average of 4.7 internet-ready computers I bet :D

Interesting though about the number of searches going down. What could that be attributed to. Are we getting tired of playing with search engines and typing in random stuff? Has the novelty worn off and have we started only searching for stuff we actually need? Are our areas of interest shrinking? Is it becoming easier to find things and thus we take fewer searches to get to the results we need?
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I have read this topic several times now and i still have no idea what you are all on about :hmm:
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SB wrote:
I have read this topic several times now and i still have no idea what you are all on about :hmm:

I think this goes to your credit really :D
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Ah, but French appears to be better for finding distractions and if you're wondering who is looking for busy people that would be Tagalog which in case you're wondering, is spoken in the Philippines.
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that is so random and strange :D

I've missed talking to you, Joe. You do awesome structured randomness.
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When you have 3 younger siblings asking you questions all of the time, randomness begins to come naturally. They figure that out quick too, so it has to at least make some sense.

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People seem to look for what's right 11x as often as people are looking for what's left. However, there's 48x more people looking for a lefty than there are looking for a righty.
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joebert wrote:
People seem to look for what's right 11x as often as people are looking for what's left. However, there's 48x more people looking for a lefty than there are looking for a righty.

That might be because "right" has two definitions... the direction, and a synonym to "correct" while "righty" only means right handed. Also, I think it's a bit more rare to be left-handed then to be a right-handed, so searching for left-handed is search more often... kinda makes sense.

[EDIT] Unless you meant people are searching for "what's right" over "what's left".
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You guys have WWWAAAAYYYY too much time on your hands :lol:
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You'd be surprised just how much one can learn from Google Trends. :)
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I did notice that the term 'dedicated servers' has spiked upward in the last couple of years. I think the term 'stuff' has declined because surfers are more in tune with the way search engines return results today.

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