While poking about Google Trends, Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic stumbled across a particularly eye-catching chart. It’s the visual for Google’s Computers & Electronics Index, a.k.a. how often people search for computer-related terms like Windows, Mac, HP, Dell, and Sony. Let’s just say there’s a definite trajectory here, and it sure looks like it’s towards the dustbin of history:
Somewhere up in the Great Beyond, Steve Jobs just crossed his arms and said, “I told you so.” However, it’s also worth pointing out that, by now, even your septuagenarian grandma knows what HP is, and she probably spends more time on Facebook than you do. Maybe this chart says more about Google than it does about the end of the personal computer.