Google Trends: “Alternative facts” vs “Period”

By Queenie Leong

Two terms that you might familiar with and even tweeted it on Twitter – “Alternative Facts” & “Period”. Let’s see the percentage shows in Google Trends of them throughout the past month in the United States.

On 22nd January 2017, the Counselor of President, Kellyanne Conway used the term “Alternative Facts” to defend the White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s false claim in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.

In the speech delivered by Sean Spicer to the White Press Corps, the highlight is “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” the term “Period” was thought to be extremed and exaggerated. It turns out many tweets with this ironic term on Twitter.

Here is the Google Trends result of “Sean Spicer Period” and “Kellyanne Conway Alternative Facts”. Both the terms were searched after both the speech and interview were released on the same day. However, “Alternative facts” generated above 25 times than “Period” was searched, and “Alternative facts” reached to 100 interest over time on 23th January 2017. The following waves show that the interest of the term “Alternative facts” is keeping up days and weeks afterwards.

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Google search results between Sean Spicer “Period” and Kellyanne Conway “Alternative Facts” in the United States from 1/11/2017-2/09/2017.

Apparently, “Alternative facts” seems have much more concern, but what about the speakers? The search result below shows that Kellyanne Conway was searched a bit more than Sean Spicer but it had slightly declined into the approximated level of Sean Spicer on the following day. However, both the wavy curves mean that both of them are keeping up the interests on the Google search engine. On 5th Feb 2017, as you can see in the graphic, Sean Spicer’s went over 6 times higher than Kellyanne Conway as the hilarious episode on SNL of imitating Sean Spicer’s press briefing make many Americans’ night.

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Google search results between Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway in the United States from 1/11/2017-2/09/2017.

Data Source: Google Trends

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