Atlanta, Georgia residents were concerned about education and incarceration in 2010. According to Googleâ€™s â€œZeitgeist 2010: How the world searchedâ€ report, released on Thursday, 5 of the top 10 searches by the people of the southern city were education related.
The education-related searches that made the top ten were Chattahoochee Tech (#1), Emory Blackboard (#3), GPC.edu [Georgia Perimeter College] (#4), DeKalb County Library (#5), and DeKalb County Schools (#8).
Education wasnâ€™t the only thing on Atlantansâ€™ minds, though. Jail hit the top ten twice, with Gwinnett County Jail, located in the suburbs of Atlanta, hitting the 7th most searched spot, and DeKalb County Jail coming in at number 9.
Of the 31 cities Google focused on in its report, Atlanta was the only one to have jails in its top ten searches. The only other city to have any searches related to the criminal justice system was Chicago. An officerâ€™s blog, titled â€œSecond City Cop,â€ was the number 9 most searched for term in the Windy City.
Other concerns high on the list for Atlanta residents were news, weather, and music. WSBTV weather took the number two most-searched for spot. Radio station V-103 took number six; and 11 Alive News, the local NBC affiliate, rounded out the list at number 10.
Of course, looking at the top searches, one could jump to the conclusion that Atlantans are either spending a lot of time in jail, or are trying to educate themselves so that they stay out of jail. Such assumptions are simplistic, though. Googleâ€™s report only gives a glimpse of keywords that are searched for, not the motivation behind the searches.
For example, someone who is searching for Gwinnett County Jail could be trying to find out visiting hours for the jail, or they may want to find a story about the massive number of illegal immigrants who have been deported from the jail recently. There is no way of knowing where searchers were headed, or why, based on Googleâ€™s list of top ten searches.
Still, even though there are a number of limitations to Googleâ€™s â€œZeitgeist 2010â€ report, it offers an interesting glimpse into the behaviors and preferences of people around the country, and around the world.