'Can Amazon Be Trusted?': The Six Best Google Searches About Big Companies

By Jonah Loeb  DEC 07, 2012 2:30 PM

When the American people want to know something, they ask the Internet...no matter how crazy it sounds.


MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Today, social media news site Mashable reported that Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has released its top 10 most popular searches of 2012. People are Googling Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), which seems strange. The top search term was Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), which has been in the news constantly, especially since its IPO in May and its subsequent disastrous market performance.

This got us thinking here at Minyanville: What can we learn about the market from what people are Googling? Then we thought: That sounds awfully serious and nuanced, so let’s instead find the funniest and strangest market-related Google searches that we can. It’s Friday! It’s nice out! Let’s get Googling!

Let’s start with the search giant itself:

Is Google making us stupid? Probably. As comedian Pete Holmes says, “It’s ruining our lives because we know everything, but we’re not a lick smarter for it.” What I love about this is question that the people who’ve searched for this chose to use the very search engine they were uneasy about.

“Is Facebook making us lonely?” is possibly the saddest question I’ve ever heard, especially since it never occurred to the people searching to ask this question of another human being. So many of these problems are easily solved, people!

Sure, the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5 was a huge talking point this year as people rushed out to buy the newest and shiniest gadget. But for all the people wondering if they could afford the new iPhone, there were almost as many wondering how much New Jersey Governor Chris Christie weighs.

I love that the first three questions are so concrete, and then we get to the real and much more abstract question: Can Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) be trusted? I like to imagine that friendly smile on the brown packages is sincere, but you can never be sure.

Sure, there have been questions about his suitability as a leader of a public company, but that’s just a distraction from the real question: Is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a member of the massive global secret society known as the Illuminati? You’d think that if he were, he could have pulled some strings and stopped Facebook’s stock from plummeting like a stone.

And finally:

Enquiring minds want to know. 

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