Saturday, May 02, 2009

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha; gaming Google hot trends again

Looks like someone has pulled off another 4chan-esq prank on Google. A trending term is apparently;

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We can see this peaked some time ago but did make quite some impact on the trend chart - coming in at "spicy".



Although this is just a prank it is worth being aware that the successful gaming of Google Hot Trends can result in big bucks. One approach is the "pump and dump" of a set of stocks or general interest in a company.

For example, blogs like The Inquistr watch the hot trends closely so they can blog a post to match the popular keyphrase and try and ride as much of the traffic wave as possible. If you're shooting to gain some social media coverage then this automated 'attack' on Google is a possible way to wriggle your story onto the radar of some influential blogs.

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