EA interest: Google Trends [fixed]

A very brief look at some Google Trends I found in­ter­est­ing.

Please re­fer to Peter_Hur­ford’s post “Is EA Grow­ing? EA Growth Met­rics for 2018” for a more in-depth look at re­lated data.

I wouldn’t be sur­prised if many oth­ers (par­tic­u­larly those at orgs like CEA, 80k) track or fre­quently look at these data in a much more com­pre­hen­sive way than this, so I apol­o­gize in ad­vance for be­ing ig­no­rant of re­dun­dancy and/​or post­ing the ob­vi­ous.


In­ter­est in “Effec­tive Altru­ism” via Google Search since 2004. Note the y-axis refers to % of peak pop­u­lar­ity, it does not re­flect ab­solute # of search terms. Google al­lows you to search for “Effec­tive Altru­ism” as a topic which en­com­passes many re­lated search terms; this is not just the phrase effec­tive al­tru­ism ver­ba­tim.

In­ter­est in “Effec­tive Altru­ism” in the United States, an­nu­ally, from Jan­uary 1, 2011 - Jan­uary 1, 2020. Again note the in­ten­sity of blue does not cor­re­spond to ab­solute search counts, but to nor­mal­ized, rel­a­tive % of search.

I found this in­ter­est­ing be­cause it con­firms my gen­eral im­pres­sion that in­ter­est in EA is great­est on the coasts. It also shows the progress that has been made since 2011! The ques­tion of where to fo­cus efforts (dou­ble-down on hubs vs. try to spread aware­ness) has been dis­cussed el­se­where and I am not an ex­pert in that de­bate—but some­thing to think about. I my­self find it oddly un­satis­fy­ing that this whole di­a­gram isn’t blue… but ad­mit that I live in Cal­ifor­nia and am not helping the situ­a­tion.

In­ter­est since 2004 can be bro­ken down into fur­ther sub­re­gions, high­light­ing the ex­pected Bay Area hub.

Look­ing out­side the US… in­ter­est in “Effec­tive Altru­ism” globally since 2004. By coun­try, and by city. Again, the ex­pected hotspots here. For those like jahy­ing in­ter­ested in grow­ing EA in re­gions like Asia, Google Trends may be a nice tool to track efforts (if not already in use).

You can play around with this your­self at: https://​​trends.google.com/​​trends/​​