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Most Used Search Words on Obama.com and McCain.com

Top Search Words on Obama/McCain Sites, Used in Congress

I can't decide which of these tote 'em ups is cooler. The New York Times has a graphic analysis of the top 200 search terms used on both of the candidates' websites — and with abortion topping Barack Obama's and health care heading McCain's it makes me think perhaps web-searchers are using the sites to get info on the opponent? The lists seem a weirdly counter to what one might expect from ardent supporters, but maybe I'm nuts?

Speaking of Congress (I kid, I kid) this is remarkably addictive and enlightening too — it's called CapitolWords, and it uses the Congressional record to figure out the most-used word on any given day. It's a little slice of the American consciousness that's eerie. From June 16 to June 20 it reads, "tax, health, oil, housing, oil." Well, it looks like they're talking about the right things at least? Try it out, but I'm warning you it's tough to stop.

To see the full New York Times graph of the percentage of search terms used on each of the candidate's sites

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UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Thanks for noticing, as I just looked and saw it this morning :) :hug:
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Congrats from me as well, UnDave :highfive:
stephley stephley 9 years
Whoa, that he did Citizen - congrats UD!
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Um, did Mr. UnDave35 just go platinum?! :jumpin:
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Sy, I thought it was "Rebel without a Clue", but that may have just been me...
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Nolan, the hat you are wearing in your pic reminds me of the hat I wore last weekend when camping in the back country. Ahh...to not hear about politics for half a week was refreshing!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
NolanOB, the really scary thing is how much of the mainstream media is editorial style pundit action. The basic facts can be hard to find! Anymore I listen to the pundits to hear some of the main topics, and then try to google other sources on the same thing. If it is about a specific candidate, I try to find the quote they were refering to (to see the context) or the full text of the speech they made, or the legislation that they had an opinion on. It is time consuming, though! The slice and dice of quotes can be so misleading!
syako syako 9 years
yeah it is! they have tons of languages on there too.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That's the translation thingy, right? So cool!
syako syako 9 years
oooh their babel fish is the best.thing.ever. have you ever used it? I used it for sooooooooo many french assignments ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I used to be all about AltaVista :ROTFL: Those were the days!
syako syako 9 years
:rotfl: yeah what an idiot! :rant: man I used to boycott google for the longest time, simply because it was so "in" I'm such a rebel... without a cause...
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Remember Ask Jeeves, syako? That stupid butler never answered my questions right :(
NolanOB NolanOB 9 years
I saw WAll-E in the theaters before reading reviews about it. That way I could craft my own opinion first. What's my point? Jillness I think you're right that people are often misled by soaking up "translated" opinions/understandings from pundits. That being said, some resources do a good job picking apart the diction used by politicians - and diction is everything. But you're right...only reading pundits can lead to scary interpretations of what's going on...
syako syako 9 years
I type all kinds of things in google for the heck of it too jude!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I'd assume they're lumping a bunch of different search terms known to relate to candidate rumors together, syako? Although I sometimes type entire complete-sentence questions into Google just for the hell of it.
syako syako 9 years
does someone really type in "rumor McCain" on google?
syako syako 9 years
I'm surprised the words aren't "I" or "me" or "my" ;) of course, I've looked up on the methodology and those are considered "stop word" and therefore aren't counted. :P
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Totally, Jillness!
NolanOB NolanOB 9 years
the more research the better! totally agree.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Looking at the graph thingy, it's also pretty encouraging that searches on the major issues outnumber searches on rumors and religion :)
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I agree Jude. Getting information from the candidate's website is much better than getting a "translation" from media pundits (of all political beliefs).
syako syako 9 years
good point Jude!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That's interesting! And hey, even if the searches are primarily being done by the opposing sides, at least it means people are making an effort to do some research on their own (even if just looking for more things to attack).
NolanOB NolanOB 9 years
let's just hope that they are using the word "oil" in sentences like, "our dependence on oil threatens our international and national security" or "oil companies are reaping the benefits at the cost of impoverished people around the world" instead of sentences like, "let's drill for more oil in alaska" and "the melting of perma-frost will not affect oil pipelines." this is a cool little gadget. i will refer to it often. i wish they made it easy to see "when" the words were used though and by whom...
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