The Google Economic Index

The Google Economic Index, GEI, is based on the theory that internet searches are a solid measure of the economy.  In the same way that Consumer Confidence is predictive of economic performance, I hypothesize that the number of hits, the degree of auto-completion, and the frequency of search for certain phrases can be indicative and predictive of economic health.  If you are interested in aiding or publishing my research, please email for complete methodology and formulas.

I give you the first ever GEI:

Search Term

Hits (in 1000)

GEI Wght

Auto Comp Factor

GEI Score

I Would Rather Spend Money On My Dog Than My Boyfriend

132.00

0.4

0.1

5.28

My 401k Sucks Monkey Nuts

23.00

0.3

0.1

0.69

I Can’t Afford To Drink

4,111.00

0.85

0.7

2446.05

Will Work For Booze

4,360.00

0.87

0.7

2655.24

Pawn My Engagement Ring

123.00

0.45

0.5

27.675

Sell My Boyfriend’s Stuff

6,610.00

0.5

0.2

661

I’m So Broke I’m Eating My Cat’s Food

238.00

0.6

0.45

64.26

The Unemployed Diet – I Lost 40lbs

175.00

0.64

0.61

68.32

Starbucks Vs. Street Working To Pay The Electric Bill

2,500.00

0.36

0.1

90

How To Steal Cable

275.00

0.68

0.85

158.95

Can I Hock My Louboutin’s

63.20

0.85

0.2

10.744

Recycling Condoms

369.00

0.64

0.8

188.928

How Much Money Does A Prostitute Actually Make*

1,310.00

0.7

0.5

458.5

Will Food Stamps Pay For Caviar

13.90

0.6

0.2

1.668

Will Work For Camel Lights

290.00

0.65

0.3

56.55

Wine In A Box Is The New Black

2,830.00

0.43

0.5

608.45

Is Mascara Tax Deductible

9.84

0.57

0.3

1.68264

Can I Get Paid For My Snuggie Endorsement

1.19

0.87

0.2

0.20706

What’s The Profit Margin On Cocaine

28.70

0.43

0.2

2.4682

Bill Gates + Paternity Tests

31.80

0.85

0.67

18.1101

How Long Can I Eat Ramen Before I Die

16.50

0.86

0.34

4.8246

How Old Is Too Old To Borrow From My Parents And Still Be A Man

198.00

0.75

0.32

47.52

My Job Really Doesn’t Suck That Much

2,120.00

0.77

0.45

734.58

How To Be A Kept Man

30,600.00

0.56

0.4

6854.4

Seriously I Can Get Paid To Blog Right

31,200.00

0.45

0.2

2808

Can I Get Paid To Donate Blood

259.00

0.78

0.8

161.616

Google Economic Index Rating      

18135.7

 

Index Ratings greater than 15,000 are an indication that we’re screwed.

Research Associate Makeup Text Julie contributed immeasurably to this research.

* number of hits and auto completion factor maybe higher than in your experiments because the words attorney and prostitute were used interchangeably.

This theory was inspired in part by The Soft Lounge Blog.

_______________________

 

You know it is Wednesday and I took my turn as contributing editor at DC Blogs. Go on check out that which moved me more than most this past week.

And here are a few links I also was digging but couldn’t use in the round-up for whatever reason:

DC Metrocentric reports that Nathan’s is hanging in there for the moment.  I hate that this drinking institution may close at the end of March, but if it does there must be a happy hour first.

Because I am all about helping a blogger out… Scarlet of Scarlet Letters gets medieval on one of her internet stalkers/ex as she gives him one last chance to wave a graceful electronic goodbye before the gloves are removed.  A cautionary tale if ever there was.

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10 Responses to The Google Economic Index

  1. LiLu says:

    Oh, man, that’s all I get?! Next time, Viagra. There’s no $$$ in blankets with sleeves, cozy though they may be.

    Yours was but one example of our economic health, but I heard they need another Viagra girl on the #69 car for the NASCAR races.

  2. Julie says:

    This is fantastic.

    Thanks to a big pile of help from you.

  3. Fearless says:

    I see you managed to work just about every vice into the index.

    * Ow. I prefer the term “Legal Companion”.

    Legal Companion: bwahahaha.

  4. Scarlett says:

    HAHAHA – thanks for the shout out, dahling. Here’s hoping that he stays away….Cheers!

    Just trying to do my part to help, ma’am

  5. Sara says:

    I don’t know why the president did not just throw this up on PowerPoint last night. I guarantee the country would have felt much better.

    Sadly I didn’t think about this until it was too late to get it on the teleprompter.

  6. deutlich says:

    the notion of sucking on monkey nuts grosses me out severely

    so does the sight of my investment statements these days.

  7. I googled “How to remove someones kidney and sell it for profit”
    Does that make me a bad person?

    Bad Person, no… Contributing Researcher, hells yes.

  8. Frank L. says:

    Thought I’d left a note before but…Good job on this :) And thanks for the DCBlogs mention.

    Also, thought you might like to know BOL podcasted about it here:

    http://www.cnet.com/8301-11455_1-10172086-10.html

  9. f.B says:

    Unfortunately, the profit margin on cocaine reflects the use of a middle man. Unless you’ve got your own plane someone I know could borrow…

  10. ella says:

    the snuggie endorsement made that whole chart worthwhile.

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