Thursday, December 15, 2011

Observations from the Window 12.15

It's that time of year again, all the best of lists are coming out now. The best of this, the best of that, the best movies, tunes, reads, and the best new toys. I should clarify, the best new electronic toys. It's really something I could do without but I do have a sentimental side that likes looking back at the past year before moving on to the next. Today I saw this video made by Google that made me think back.
It really has been one hell of a year.


Zeitgeist is "the spirit of the times" or "the spirit of the age." Zeitgeist is the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambiance, morals, sociocultural direction, and mood associated with an era.

"To compile the 2011 Year-End Zeitgeist, we studied the aggregation of billions of queries people typed into Google search this year. We use data from multiple sources, including Insights for Search and internal data tools. We also filter out spam and repeat queries to build out lists that best reflect the spirit of the times. All of the search queries we studied are anonymous, no personal information was used."
Google Zeitgeist 2011