From Poop Jokes To Obscure References, Spam Attacks On Google Trends Continue

The apparent spam attacks on Google continue. Among the top results appearing briefly in among the top ten search terms highlighted on Google Trends (before being pulled down) are “sh*t pond” (which went to No. 3) and “how to poop at work” (which made it at least to No. 10). That is after the top result this morning was “ǝlƃooƃ noʎ ʞɔnɟ.” And last week, there was the swastika incident.

Some people seem to be toying with Google, making whatever search terms they want appear on the Google Trends hot list. For instance, right now, the No.3 trend is hymenoptera (the order of insects bees belong to). The No. 1 and No 2 spots, “missing money” and “,” are much more spammy in nature.

Are these real searches or spam? The obvious fake ones throw every term on the top ten into question. If all it takes to get on Google Trends is a lot of recent or concurrent searches, that now looks to be the new game among spammers and pranksters alike.

(Hat tip to Akshay Jain and Nick Shulman).