Corruption, proverty, homosexual. These were the words GMANews.tv noted to have been mostly used by Filipino Google searchers. Aside from these words, Filipinos are also top searchers for the words “drugs”, “love”, and “Brad Pitt.” Yes, words that could give one an idea what’s preoccupying the online Filipino mind over time.
I didn’t know there’s trends.google.com that provides information on the frequency of topics and keywords searched worldwide through Google Search. I verified the report by GMANews.tv myself to be correct. Likewise, I tried to search other words that it may not have discovered or reported. Words that I suspect to have also fed into cyberpinoys’ angst, curiosity, or otherwise.
|Hatred||1st||Followed by Australia and United Kingdom|
|Faith||1st||Followed by United Kingdom and United States|
|Mining||7th||Top countries are South Africa, Australia and Indonesia|
|Social Justice||2nd||First is Australia|
|Agribusiness||1st||Followed by India and Australia|
|Reform||1st||Followed by Ireland and Australia|
|Charter Change||1st||Trailed by United States and Canada|
|Social Media||3rd||Trailing Colombia and Mexico|
|ZTE||6th||Topnotchers are Pakistan and Malaysia|
|Migration||4th||India, Australia and Singapore are top three.|
|Call Center||1st||Followed by India and Pakistan|
|Bribery||2nd||Following Malaysia and followed by Hong Kong|
|Military Government||1st||Followed by United States and Canada|
|Justice System||1st||Followed by Australia and Canada|
|Shabu||1st||Indonesia and Malaysia follow.|
|Texting||2nd||Second to New Zealand and over United Kingdom|
|Constitution||1st||Followed by United States and France|
|Gender||2nd||First is South Africa and third, Australia|
|Rural Development||7th||Nigeria, Kenya and India are top three.|
|Agrarian Reform||1st||Next two are United States and Canada.|
|Nepotism||1st||Followed by South Africa and United States|
|Civil Society||3rd||South Africa and Indonesia are top two.|
|Killings||1st||Australia and New Zealand come next.|
|President||1st||Followed by United States and India|
|Cash Gift||1st||Followed by United States and Canada|
|Impeachment||1st||United States and Brazil are second and third, respectively.|
|Human Rights||5th||South Africa and New Zealand lead.|
I also tried to search the words freedom, democracy, Microsoft, open source, coup, revolution, education, and opposition. Interestingly, the Philippines did not figure in the top ten, at the very least.
Google Trends may be used to focus the study on different places in the Philippines. It’s interesting to note that while ‘corruption’ is the mostly used search keyword in Davao del Sur, Cebu, Manila and Rizal, ‘impeachment’ is confined to Manila only.
I wonder if other search engines offer the same service. Yahoo has Yahoo! Buzz, though it’s much more showbiz. And do you know what the Philippines is famous for in Yahoo! Buzz?. Check this out.