Dear Google, Who Is Donald Trump? And How Tall Is Hillary Clinton?
While billionaire Donald Trump is surging in the polls as the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president, he's surfing a tsunami on the Internet.
The term "Trump" has racked up more than 3.3 million tweets in the past month with about 100,000 just in the 24 hours ending Tuesday afternoon, according to Topsy, a website that tracks social media mentions. Republican Jeb Bush, meanwhile, has only had 27,000 during the same period and 727,000 in the past month.
On Google, Trump is the most searched presidential candidate in every state except Vermont where Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, is No. 1, according to Google's analysis of search trends between July 24 and July 30. Sanders, for those not on Google, is a U.S. senator from Vermont.
"Who is (insert name of your candidate)?" is one of the top questions many Google users ask about the many candidates running for the nation's highest office this year. The search engine is tracking top queries about the candidates.
Among the questions users are asking Google most often about Trump: His age (69) and net worth (more than $10 billion, so he says, although Bloomberg puts the figure somewhat lower). There's also something that his competitors are increasingly fearing as his numbers surge in national polls: "Will Donald Trump be president?" Those were the among the top search questions on Trump from July 22 through July 28, according to Google's trending page.
Some Google users are broadly searching on issues of immigration, education and same-sex marriage. Other inquires, however, give a window into what many may really want to know about the large field of candidates.
For example, on Democrat Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, former secretary of state, former senator, one of the questions stood, ahem, above the rest: "How tall is Hillary Clinton?" According to Google: 5 feet, 7 inches.
At least people know who she is. For many of the other candidates, including Trump, many users want to know who they are.
They didn’t ask that question of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican. They asked about his weight, his position in the polls, his age. Another common concern seemed to be deal with his precise location. "Where is Chris Christie today?"
None of the top questions about Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, dealt with his whereabouts. His family ties, however, did pop up: "Is Jeb Bush related to President Bush?"
Yes. Both of them—his father and his brother.
After Trump gave out the digits to Senator Lindsey Graham's cell phone in July, one of the top questions asked about the South Carolina senator was for his phone number. Maybe users think the bachelor lawmaker could use a call. Another top question about the Republican: "Is Lindsey Graham married?"
Two of the top questions about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican who didn't finish college, dealt with his education.
Ohio Governor John Kasich's first lady apparently has some Internet fans. One of the top questions on Kasich in the hour after he announced his official bid: The age of his wife.
Of course, the Internet can be fickle when it comes to trends. Although Trump may be leading the pack when it comes to the presidential candidates, he takes a back seat to other cultural icons. The No. 1 trending story on Google Tuesday night: the reported breakup of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
Contributing: Sarah Frier in San Francisco.
(Correction: A previous version of this story misstated that the term "Trump" amassed 3.3 million tweets in the past week. The correct time period was the past month.)