Everyone’s blogging about the new Google Trends tool which enables you to see popularity of search terms over time. While you don’t see the actual numbers of queries, it’s helpful to see patterns, or compare search terms on a relative scale.
Two plots of specific interest to me:
Fascinating to note that in May 2004, MovableType 3.0 was released, along with licensing for the first time which is almost precisely when Wordpress became a more popular search phrase than MovableType. Ever since, MovableType has been on a downward trend while Wordpress has taken off. I hardly design any blogs these days in MovableType.
I started using Drupal and using it on various sites at the start of 2005, when interest sharly peaked. It’s a great tool if you’re looking for more than a blog to manage your content.