Friday, December 16, 2011

Searching for Godot

So the PG is highlighting that it tops some metric Google is putting out of top 10 searches by region. tops Google searches for Western Pa.

The Google list there is curious. So I get that a newspaper would top the list, font of information it ought to be.  But at number 8, and not all that far behind is "Duquesne Light".  Do people have such troubles paying their electric bill, or otherwise having problems with their service?  I clearly am missing something. 

But on a meta-news topic.  You would think on this topic at least, the PG's online coverage would embed at least one link to the source of the story in the first place.  Hypertext is a novel idea and all. So here is Googles Regional Zeitgeist 2011 for Pittsburgh fwiw. 

You notice also this must be the only online-anything list about anything in Pittsburgh that does not have a single 'Steelers' entry there anywhere.

and if you look at other regions, the modal to entry is typically a large local newspaper or news organization, it isn't always so.  Check out Washington, DC where the to entry by far is for the transit agency there WMATA. Weirder is that for DC the number 6 entry is for SEPTA, which comes up as Philly's transit agency. Has DC commuting extended that far?   No Port Authority on our search list of course.  The Yin to our Yang:  In Philadelphia SEPTA is by long measure the top seach there and the Philadelphia Inquirer only comes in at number 8.   

In Chicago, the CTA Bus tracker is coming in at number 2.  The CTA bus tracker is pretty cool and has real time, REAL TIME as in where is the bus right now, bus tracking information.  Not where the schedule says it ought to be.  Would be useful here eh?  I know we are lacking in programmers in town and all, but still. 

Number one in Chicago is METRA which comes up as something called commuter rail. Not quite sure what that even means? I'll have to ask Wikipedia what this thing called Pittsburgh Commuter Rail is.



Anonymous MH said...

Did you see that the county assessments is in the list of the top ten? As for Duquesne Light, so that may just be using google as a spell checker.

Friday, December 16, 2011 8:48:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

That SEPTA in DC outlier is interesting. Way back win I used to take NJT and SEPTA trains between NYC and Philly to save about half the Amtrak fare. Maybe it's people cobbling together communtes, or maybe just a lot of Philly/Jersey folks living in DC and connecting home. And I knew a guy who lived in North Philly and commuted to Manhattan everyday.It also points to the BosWash sprawl. Closest SEPTA gets to DC is Newark, DE, near the MD border. Maybe people fly into BWI to get to Philly burbs? Others live in Philly and work around Baltimore and Beltway?

Friday, December 16, 2011 3:34:00 PM  
Blogger kilwer said...

Chris, do you think the lousy PG search engine would factor into the high number of Google searches? I have given up using it and always go the Google route when searching PG articles.

Friday, December 16, 2011 9:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Alex B. said...

It may not be a bonus for P-G. Folks may go there infrequently and don't bookmark the homepage.

Saturday, December 17, 2011 10:45:00 AM  

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