Froogle and Zeitgeist

Friday 13 December 2002

Just in time for the giving season, Google gives two gifts of its own.

Froogle is a specialized front to the Google engine for finding products. So far, it looks great. How is it different from just searching pages for products? It shows you a pic of the product, and it promotes price to a first-class metadata citizen, highlighted in the search results, and usable as a criterion of the search.

The 2002 Google Zeitgeist is a yearly wrap-up of the popularity of searchs at Google as an expression of the global zeitgeist (fancy words for, “what’s on people’s minds”).

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