'Occupy' Movement Trending Downward, According to Google Data (VIDEO)

Despite Violence in Oakland, Calif., Fewer Search 'Hits'

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By George J. Wienbarg , Christian Post Reporter
November 3, 2011|10:16 am

As balmy Fall turns to frigid Winter, if Google traffic for the movement is any indication, the "Occupy Wall Street" movement seems to be heading indoors.

Occupy Movement Trending Downward: Google Dat

Occupy Movement Trending Downward: Google Dat

The search engine and online advertising site, Google, says search traffic for the movement is heading south, despite recent violence in Oakland Wednesday.

Taking two of the major occupy movement bellwethers, "Occupy Los Angeles" and "Occupy Wall Street," searches for information on each has significantly dropped. The metrics are provided by Google Trends.

Political polls and Google Trends operate differently, but the analysis is telling of public interest.

Also, a large percentage of "Occupy" protesters are from the digital age generation likely to use Google to do their homework on the movement.

Google analyzes a representative portion of Google web searches to compute how many searches have been done for the terms you enter, say, "Occupy Wall Street," relative to the total number of searches done.

Google graphs the results with its Search Volume Index graph.

Thursday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg began to lose patience as he told the press, "This isn’t an occupation of Wall Street [any more], it is an occupation of a growing, vibrant residential neighborhood in lower Manhattan, and it’s really hurting small business and families."

Residents object to demonstrations, demonstrators relieving themselves in the street, noise, and the barricades.

This means that the "Occupy Wall Street" movement could be on its last legs, as Bloomberg says, the situation is being "monitored."

Video by Scott Liu
 

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