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Google Search Insights: Occupy Wall Street vs. Tea Party

Google’s politics and elections team compared search trends for the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Party. Here’s what they found: 

  • Searches for Occupy Wall Street started on Sept 16th & peaked one month later on October 15th
  • NY is tops in searches, right? Wrong. Top 3 states for most “Occupy” searches: Vermont, Oregon, New York
  • Search interest in OWS is higher than the Tea Party. Both currently and in looking at the birth of each
  • Searches for the Tea Party peak each April as Americans begin to file their taxes

Here’s how searches for OWS changed over time (see larger version): 

Here’s how that compares with the Tea Party, according to Google (see larger version): 

Read the full post for more explanation. And let me know if you find anything interesting using Google’s Insights for Search feature.