Will you be Celebrating Thanksgivukkah?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I hope anyone reading this already has their grocery shopping done and your travel plans are not affected by the bad weather on the East Coast.  Between shopping and traveling for a Thanksgiving meal you might have heard a new word going around the internet, Thanksgivukkah!  What the heck is Thanksgivukkah?

Basically you combine the words Thanksgiving + Chanukah.  (Or one of these spellings many spellings for the Jewish holiday Chanuka, Chanukah, Chanukkah, Channukah, Hanukah, Hannukah, Hanukkah depending on who you ask.)  The reason for this is that tomorrow on Thanksgiving it will be the second night of Chanukah, a Jewish holiday.  This won't happen for another 70,000+ years making it a once-in-a-lifetime event for everyone reading this.  You can tell your grandkids about your amazing Thanksgivukkah experience.  (I doubt they will care though.)

I guess since Chrismukkah wasn't cutting it we just needed to throw in a new word this time of year.  Not sure what the obsession is with coining new words, phrases, and terms for the holidays but I guess if it makes people happy I guess I hope people have a  Happy Thanksgivukkah tomorrow.  Of course celebrities always seems to get their names mixed together a lot more.  Anyone remember when Brangelina and Bennifer were big terms?

The reason I thought I'd write about this is that as a blogger and writer I always find it interesting to see what new words people coin.  Also from an SEO (search engine optimization) perspective it's interesting.  The term “Thanksgivukkah” according to this Google Trends screenshot I took is getting a huge amount of search volume currently.  It's a breakout terms and it spiked out of nowhere in October and has been on the rise ever since then up until now.

thanksgivukkahThe other thing I find fascinating is that most of the searches seem to be coming from New York City.  Also it looks like the rest of the English speaking world is not searching for the term.  Google Trend shows that the United States is the only country searching for the terms which makes sense since we are the only country that celebrates Thanksgiving.  (I believe there is a Canadian Thanksgiving which celebrates something different.)

thanksgivukkah 2013What do you think of these Google Trends screenshots for Thanksgivukkah and why do you think terms get so many searches so quickly?  Because of a news articles, blogs, social media?  All of them?  I'd be interested to hear my readers thoughts.

Whatever faith your are I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy Thanksgivukkah.

Google Webmaster Tools in Vietnamese

Yesterday I checked Google Webmaster Tools in Vietnamese for this site, AdamYamada.com!  No, this wasn't on purpose and in case you are wondering I can't speak or read Vietnamese.  Since I thought it was kind of weird Google thought I could read Vietnamese I did went any normal person would do, I took a screenshot.  Check out the screenshot of Google Wembaster Tools in Vietnamese.

google webmaster tools in vietnamese

It seems to have been a glitch on Google Webmaster Tools side which I was happy with.  I just logged out of my account and logged back in and then everything returned to good old English.  Some of you are probably laughing reading this and looking at the picture but I actually didn't think this was funny at first since I assumed someone had hacked my Google account.

Luckily that doesn't seem like it was the case and I am glad since Google Webmaster Tools has a lot of important data about all of my sites.  In addition it can tell you when your sites have been hacked or if there is malware on them that you need to be aware of.  So it's important to keep you Google account and Google Webmaster Tools account secure.   I'd recommend 2-step verification if you own a cellphone with a text messaging plan.

Trying to understand Google Webmaster Tools in Vietnamese wasn't as hard as you might think though.  Since I already know where most of the buttons are in the user interface in English it was sort of second nature.  Looking at the picture can you navigate and figure out what the buttons do?  If you are familiar using Google Webmaster Tools I bet you can.  It is still a bit confusing but should be somewhat doable.

Let's hear from other webmasters that use Google Webmaster Tools.  Have you every had a similar experience with Google Webmaster Tools showing up a different language?  What was the language?  How did it make you feel?  Worried, concerned, upset? Share below and let others know!