ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Is Bhutan becoming less "interesting"?

One of Google's most fascinating tools is Insights for Search, which lets you compare search patterns across time and geography (a more basic version is Google Trends). I've decided to see whether more people are searching for "Bhutan" lately, which might indicate a rising interest in the country. Looking at the results, searches shot up during historical events - around the mock elections, the actual elections, and of course the coronation of His Majesty. But otherwise, the trend line demonstrates a slow but constant decline of searches beginning in January 2004 (when Google first started to collect this data) and reaching the bottom in December 2009, when activity slowly started to pick up again. Now whether interest in Bhutan is desirable or not is a whole different question.

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