Reader Feedback on Google Trends: IBM i Traffic Piddling Compared to iSeries
October 25, 2010 Hey, TPM
AS400, without the slash, still leads the pack.
Indeed it do. Here’s the same search, with no slash in the AS400. (You can run the query yourself against Google Trends by clicking here. Take a gander:
Google Trends for various AS/400-related terms. (Click graphic to enlarge.)
It’s like IBM never changed the name of the platform, or more precisely, it kept trying and met with less and less success with each name it tried. Well, it isn’t just like that, of course–that is exactly and precisely what happened. No metaphor required.
This was an eye-opener for me, including Google Trends, which I never used. I showed this to my CEO who was impressed . . . until he plugged in “security” (separately), “compliance” (also separately) and “PCI”. All three show a downward trend, which doesn’t see reasonable. Maybe we’re not reading the chart correctly?
That does seem kind of odd, doesn’t it? But perhaps people are less concerned with security than they need to be and more concerned with other things, such as the price of gold and what Lindsay Lohan is up to.
But seriously, when I do the search with all three, which you can do yourself by clicking here, I get this:
Google Trends for the terms security, PCI, and compliance. (Click graphic to enlarge.)
To my eye, security concerns are on the rise after a lull in 2007 and 2008 (how much of this is related to homeland security and home security, I can’t say), PCI has only recently drifted down (and heaven only knows how much of this content has to do with the PCI bus and not the Payment Card Industry standard). Compliance looks dead flat to me, but that is because the relative traffic is low. The interesting bit is that the news reference volume for all three terms together and for security by itself are on the rise.