June 01, 2004

Memetrics: Google journalism

In February, googling "google journalism" only got you 45 hits. Today, a little over three months later, running the same query gives us 76 hits. Clearly, there is a meme in the making here.

(Idea half-swiped from comments on this post at mymarkup, which has been collecting Swedish examples of google journalism, or "google-journalistik".)

But seriously now: Although googling a term to get a snapshot of its popularity is of dubious value, it becomes a more useful tool if you compare results for the same query over time. Why not use it with moderation? Just because everybody else can doesn't mean a journalist shouldn't.

Posted by Stefan at 11:20 PM GMT

While I much appreciate the link, I think you may have overlooked the fact that since my original post in feb, Google have almost doubled the number of pages they search. Looking through the 76 hits for "google journalism" today, shows that 4 are from my site, 7 from Scott Stereogum, 4 from Lindsay Lindsayism, and all but 8 of the others come from just 2 other sites. So the proliferation of the "meme" is probably more just a reflection of the reduction in size of the "deep web" and the boundless redundant URLs spewed out from the machinations of Movable Type and new-style Blogger.com.
However your post and my new comment on it, and any trackbacks, will all generate lots of extra new hits. So I suppose it is a thriving meme after all.

Posted by: Rufus Cartwright on June 2, 2004 12:03 PM

... and continuing with the tradition... what on earth is (a) "meme"? is it also Swedish? like SAAB, SCANIA, VOLVO...MEME? How is the word pronounced?

Posted by: Luis on June 4, 2004 02:03 AM

Definition of meme.

Posted by: Stefan Geens on June 4, 2004 09:53 AM

Just as it is interesting to see how many hits a term gets on Google and how that changes over time, one would like to be able to look for trends in what phrases people search for at Google. A bit like a customizable Google Zeitgeist.

Posted by: Gustav Holmberg on July 11, 2004 09:33 AM