As a blogger who enjoys nothing better than nomming on delicious industry statistics, Google just served up a feast–and didn’t tell anyone.
Fortunately, RWW was kind enough to share news that Google UK has quietly rolled out Google Internet Stats for public consumption. Basically, it’s another of Google’s “structured search” efforts, this time taking stats and studies from around the web, and making them available from a single tool.
Now, this is not a perfect offering. First, it’s decidedly UK-centric–but that’s not a huge flaw in the border-less online world of data. Second, it’s either limited in data sources, or the search box is somewhat erratic. A search for data on “reputation” or “sentiment” turned up zero results–actually a blank page, so I don’t know if there’s just no data, or my search didn’t work.
But, this is potentially huge! If Google could make this a bona fide “labs” project, add more country-specific data, and fix the search box, this could be my favorite app of 2009! Seriously!