Why Does Google Want To Know How You Heard About The Zeitgeist?

Dec 28, 2012 • 8:10 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google New Years logoI am not sure I understand this one. Jessica from Google posted in the Google Web Search Help forums asking forum members how they heard about the Google Zeitgeist.

She wrote:

With 2012 coming to a close, Google released its 12th annual Zeitgeist a couple of weeks ago. We're curious to know how you heard about it and you can tell us here. :)

You can see the form over here but I don't get why Google is asking a subset of users this question. Google has referrer data, heck they know more about where you've been on the web than you know yourself.

The form asks:

We're interested to hear about where you heard about Google's 2012 Zeitgeist (www.google.com/zeitgeist/). Please tell us below!

Family member or friend?

Your social network, like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Reddit? A blog?

An online article from a source like NYTimes, Slate, Wired, etc.? Somewhere else?

Why do you think Google posted a form asking about this?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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12/28/2012 02:41 pm

Google's analytics don't extend into the offline world yet. Who knows, a Google data/mapping chip may be implanted in people one day. :) But I suspect Google is looking for info regarding how word has spread outside of the internet.


12/28/2012 11:16 pm

they want someone to say Google +


12/30/2012 08:15 am

Maybe because it just more data to add to their profiling of everybody who has a google account?

Alex of Harford

01/02/2013 12:52 pm

Perhaps they're trying to find out how many people tell the truth in these surveys or how accurate their memories are. I said SE RoundTable and I'm impressed with my memory recall from 1 minute ago.


01/03/2013 09:49 pm

I suppose the teams internally aren't really working together somehow.

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