I am a big fan of the work that Mike Arrington and the TechCrunch team are doing. It is a must-read blog for my business (I do early-stage startup executive coaching and investing). TechCrunch clearly has the buzz in the high-tech and startup world of Silicon Valley. Does the rest of the nation care? Let's go to the data.
Searching through aolsearchlogs.com for "techcrunch", we get 2 search hits out of the 20 million partially anonymized search queries, which represented about 650,000 AOL users. The searches for techcrunch were done on May 1, 2006.
The 2 search hits came from a single user, number 5887757. Aha! Let's see what the sole AOL TechCrunch lover is also searching for in life. Is he/she a Mac user or a PC user? Does he/she write software or is a part of the Open Source movement? What if he/she is a Venture Capitalist? Hmm. (Perhaps I have too much time on my hands).
Of the 114 searches that user 5887757 has made, we see searches such as:
- flamingo casino hotel las vegas
- cheap las vegas trips
- rochester mayo clinic.com
- magnetic bracelet
- mn care
- magnetic wrist bracelet
- galaxy golf
- gm card
- minnesota toy poodle breeders
- san antonio real estate
- weather san antonio
- paying my gm card bill
- where are they jr. rider
- organizing hard drive
- clean hard drive
Cross-referencing that list with the articles posted on TechCrunch yields... Zillow! But, the Zillow search was done on April 16, 2006, well before the TechCrunch search of May 1, 2006. Likely not related.
Oh well, such is the life of a loyal TechCrunch reader out there in Middle America. Now we all know. Thanks AOL.
Tags: TechCrunch, AOL, AOL Search Data, brianberliner