The World Through Google's Eyes

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Every year, Google puts out the Year-End Zeitgeist. In case your German is rusty, Zeitgeist means 'spirit of the times', and who better to offer this insight than Google, the company that knows more about what you think than you do.

We've picked out a few of the most interesting finds - and added a little extra help in parenthesis in case you aren't familiar with the terms. (What, it was just us?)

Fastest Rising (Global)

  1. sarah palin
  2. beijing 2008
  3. facebook login
  4. tuenti (the Spanish Facebook)
  5. heath ledger
  6. obama
  7. nasza klasa (a Polish social networking tool)
  8. wer kennt wen (a German social networking tool)
  9. euro 2008
  10. jonas brothers (an American boy band made up of three brothers)
Fastest Rising (UK)
  1. iplayer
  2. facebook
  3. iphone
  4. youtube
  5. yahoo mail
  6. large hadron collider (learn about this on HITC, naturally)
  7. obama
  8. friv (online gaming site)
  9. jogos (another online gaming site)
  10. wiki
Most Popular (UK)
  1. facebook
  2. bbc
  3. youtube
  4. ebay
  5. games
  6. news
  7. hotmail
  8. bebo
  9. yahoo
  10. jobs
Finance Terms (Fastest Rising - UK)
  1. icesave
  2. hot uk deals
  3. natwest
  4. hmrc
  5. hbos
  6. money saving expert
  7. halifax
  8. barclays
  9. rbs
  10. lloyds tsb
Recipies (UK)
  1. cupcake
  2. meatballs
  3. rocky road
  4. crumble topping
  5. eaton mess (sic - but this is not sick)
  6. pork belly
  7. rhubarb fool
  8. lemon posset
  9. honey comb
  10. beer batter