Last Friday I saw the traffic to my site spike to previously unheard of levels, surpassing even the Joel Spolsky Effect. And it wasn’t because of my nonexistent OSCON blogging.
I had noticed previously that when you search for “google” using Google’s image search engine, an image I’d borrowed from the web for a long tail thinkpiece turned up in the fourth page of results, contributing on average about 20 hits/day.
Well at some point last week, the image started showing up in the first page of results, and I started getting several thousand hits a day from people searching for images of Google using Google. Here’s a graph of the number of hits to my site from people searching for “google” using Google over the last two months.
The question remains, why are so many people searching Google for Google?