Monday, March 24, 2008

COOLINT: Heat Map Of Search Terms By Country (Google Blogoscoped Via Lifehacker)

Lifehacker picked up on a really cool application by Phillip Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped this morning that uses Google Spreadsheets to calculate the ratio of Google hits concerning a country and any other particular search term you wish to include. The spreadsheet then automatically plots the results on a "heat map" showing where there are "hot" countries for the search term (see the example below using the search term "Mercyhurst").

You can save a copy of the original spreadsheet yourself and add whatever term you want (try it out with "jihad" -- interesting results!). As with all great COOLINT, I am not sure how you might be able to use it, but it sure is cool!

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