Using search log analysis to predict the future
Lou Rosenfeld has written a blog entry on using search logs to predict future interest. To quote:
If a company name shows up with great frequency in the search logs but hasn’t been covered recently in FT articles, it may indicate a developing story about to hit daylight. Guy finds that this sort of anomaly is often a useful predictor of what the FT should consider covering in the coming days. Conversely, if a company name drops off the search logs, interest in a related story line may be waning, and FT can choose to invest its reporting resources elsewhere.