Heading over to Google to search how to fix a broken sink or tweak a phone or most any DIY repair has become such a common occurrence that the search engine has now set out to make a top How To’s.
Namely, Google just uploaded a new website whose primary function will be to show which were the most looked after How To’s based on geographical position. It also presents the general, global trends for each region.
How To Search For a Repair and What More?
This latest website was built by Google’s News Lab. It compiled it by using search data on this query, which reportedly makes up for a massive amount of activity on this engine. Xaquin G.V., who is an interactive visual data journalist, was also involved and part of the project.
In a new visual essay, he goes to explain that the inspiration for this new project came based on his own searches on Google related to fixing things. The site, which Xaquin helped design, works with both Google and its Trends tools.
Combined, these allow the user to enter the name of the country they live in or whatever one they want, and see which were the top searches for How To repair something or another.
The smaller or larger graphics represents the relative popularity of the things around the house that people are looking to fix. For example, people in the United States, seem to need the most help in fixing a toilet, while in Canada, doors appear to be the main problem.
The visual essay also takes this idea to a global scale, as it examines the Top 100 worldwide “How To’s”. Xaquin broke down the results into categories. All of the graphs and how to queries on the site are also interactive, as clicking on them will take the user to the Google search results for them.
Besides fixing things in the house, the How To search also targets things such as how to kiss, boil an egg, and cook, in general, for example. Other things such as losing weight or cooking pumpkin or asking someone to the prom are usually seasonal trends, mentions Google.
Other How To’s are viral, as they peak and then decline over a short period of time. These viral searches are, for example, how to make loom-bands or even slime.
Image Source: How-To-Fix-A-Toilet.com