Google Taps Zeitgeist, Finds Palin a Winner

Alaska governor went zooming up search charts in '08
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2008 1:34 PM CST
China's gymnast gold medal winner He Kexin, left, and China's bronze medalist Yang Yilin are shown during the medal ceremony for the uneven bars.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Every year, Google releases its analysis of the global zeitgeist based on billions of searches around the world. Newsweek reports the highlights:

  • Sarah Palin: "Obama" was the most searched for term overall, but the Alaska governor grabbed the top spot on the fastest-rising list.
  • Beijing 2008: The world was understandably electrified by the spectacle of the Olympics in China.

  • Facebook login: #3 on the fastest-rising list; apparently, the world really wants to log in to Facebook.
  • Tuenti, Nasza Klasa, and Wer Kennt Wen: Social-networking sites from Spain, Poland, and Germany gained on the global leader.
  • Heath Ledger: News of the actor's untimely death sent searches for his name skyrocketing in 2008.
  • The Jonas Brothers: 10th on the fastest-rising list, but hey, if only tweens used Google ...
For a complete list, and other analysis, click the links below.