Google Insights: first spark of iPhone hype in September 2005

Google Insights: first spark of iPhone hype in September 2005

Google has launched a new tool that helps to gain insight in search terms, called – not surprisingly – Google Insights for Search. Google’s Trevor Claiborne wrote earlier today that the product was designed with the advertiser in mind:

It provides more flexibility and functionality for advertisers and marketers to understand search behavior, and adds some cool new features like a world heat map to graphically display search volume and regional interest.

Even though the service is aimed at people who have devoted their life to marketing, it doesn’t mean a blogger can’t play around with it as well. I thought of a nice search term, and – again not surprisingly, came up with the iPhone. And not just because an Apple story drives in clicks (somebody accused Om Malik of doing this).

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Trinidad and Tobago and Hong Kong: iPhone countries

So here are some surprising facts:

  • The first time a fair amount of people searched for the shiny object was in September 2005. Were that some iPhone visionaries? Or a secret Apple team looking for similarities?
  • People from Hong Kong and Trinidad and Tobago hardly search for anything else but the iPhone.
  • Lebanese iPhone fanboys rather have an iPhone for free

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