by Vishaal S Shah
on Dec 30th, 2008

World’s Most Searched Topics in 2008

The end-of-the-year list frenzy has begun everywhere with the years most favourite and not so favourites being charted out. Even as the countdown for New Year starts, it’s great to look back and reminisce the year that’s gone by and seen so much. From the US Presidential elections to the Olympics, this was definitely an eventful year giving the world ample topics to hear, discuss and know more about online. So what has the world been searching for online the most during the last 366 days?

The Google Zeitgeist 2008 list shows global trends of what the world has its eyes on, and also give fascinating insight into local cultures and national psyches.

Topping the list is Sarah Palin, the Alaska Governor and former Vice Presidential candidate, who has been in the headlines for a lot of political and non political reasons like her hairstyle and constant string of controversies.

Following a close second on Google search list is Beijing 2008 – the Olympics that saw China at its spectacular best and showcased some rare moments of history in the making, with old records being broken and new ones made.

A prolific growth of social networking sites seems to have piqued people’s interest, dominating both the most searched for terms and the fastest rising terms. Facebook is everywhere. Followed by tuneti, naska klasa and wer kennt wen.

Games and iPhone also finds its place amongst most popular keywords.
Evidently the most striking thing from Google Zeitgeist 2008 is how internet user habits have fundamentally changed. The dominance of social media and network search terms offer conclusive proof that the internet really has evolved.
According to Google Zeitgeist, the fastest global rising search keywords are:

1. Sarah Palin

2. Beijing 2008

3. Facebook Login

4. Tuenti

5. Heath Ledger

6. Obama

7. Nasza Klasa

8. Wer Kennt Wen

9. Euro 2008

10. Jonas Brothers

Check out the complete 2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist list to find out the most popular search queries, keywords and topics of this year, for a region wise classification.

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