Google Trends and Google Insights for Search, Google Beat will briefly discuss the week's hot web search trends. In the inaugural episode, Google's Anne Espiritu explains how "salmonela" and "eggs recall" were among the top searches this week. Also among the top searches this week was "jimena navarette," who won the Miss Universe pageant.Each week, using
"Google Beat will give you a snapshot of some of the topics that prompted people to turn to the web over the past week," the company says on its official blog. "Searches can be unexpected, and sometimes what's popular one week could never have been predicted the week before (think of Falcon Heene, last October's "balloon boy" or Steven Slater). We're looking forward to seeing what our data will reveal."
It's interesting to see Google get into the podcast world. Weekly tech wrap-up shows seem to be all the rage lately, with Leo Laporte's "This Week in Tech" podcast being one of the longest-running. Unfortunately for Google, Leo already has a very popular "This Week in Google" podcast which is hosted by What Would Google Do? author Jeff Jarvis and Lifehacker founder Gina Trapani.
Investor and entrepreneur Jason Calacanis took the "This Week in" brand of podcast to the next level with his podcast network of the same name (which he uses with Leo's permission, of course). Google's new show brings some very high production quality to the genre, and hopefully it's just the first of many more shows to come from Google.