It occurred to me, after I read about the renewed volcanic activity of Mount Kathala in the Comoros and immediately had a look with Google Earth, that Google’s servers must notice surges in demand for specific geographic areas, and that these in turn would make great fodder for zeitgeist-like reports.
I wonder if usage patterns follow daylight, as awake people search locally. I wonder if league tables of the most popular places are stable, or fluctuate with the seasons. I wonder if sudden localized spikes in demand might not be useful as some kind of alert. And I would love to know what Chinese IP addresses search, or Argentine IPs, or Belgian IPs. In other words, I want my Google Earth Trends.