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Google Zeitgeist shows top Philadelphia search queries; colleges and SEPTA reign in ’09

Let me Google that for you, Philadelphia. The search giant has released its 2009 year-end Zeitgeist, a list of its users’ most popular search queries, a reflection of cultural phenomenon from Google’s rear-view. Studying aggregation of billions of searches, Google yearly tries to capture a “spirit of the times.” This year, Philadelphia-specific searches were listed, […]

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Let me Google that for you, Philadelphia.
The search giant has released its 2009 year-end Zeitgeist, a list of its users’ most popular search queries, a reflection of cultural phenomenon from Google’s rear-view. Studying aggregation of billions of searches, Google yearly tries to capture a “spirit of the times.”
This year, Philadelphia-specific searches were listed, in a city-by-city collection of queries.
We’re not sure what it is, but colleges Penn, Temple and Community College of Philadelphia, specifically were the most often searched, appearing eight times in a top ten list. It’s proof that yes, these kids certainly know how to Google, and they’re having a hard time remembering URLs for sites they visit often.
The SEPTA strike and the transportation authority’s Web site were the second and fourth most searched topics respectively, and given the short lifespan of the strike, it’s apparent that Google’s servers were hit hard and fast by the contract negotiations, as were commuters.
No mention of the Phillies, Free Library shut-downs or Arthur Kade, amazingly enough. Not even Comcast, with its expected merger with NBC Universal, was able to crack the top ten.
There’s always next year. Full list after the jump.

Google searches unique to Philadelphia, PA

  1. penn blackboard
  2. septa strike
  3. ccp.edu
  4. septa.com
  5. penn in touch
  6. penn portal
  7. penn library
  8. tumail
  9. tuportal
  10. wharton spike
Companies: Community College of Philadelphia
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