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Top Searches for 2006: Social Networking, Paris Hilton and How to Scream - Google Zeigeist 2006

, posted: 20-Dec-2006 12:11

Google Zeitgeist has released the top searches for 2006.

there are some that are fairly predictable, some surprising and some very indicative of the times,  the number one search spot was taken out by "bebo",

followed by "myspace" and "world cup" at spots 2 and 3 respectively.

in at number nine, which suprised me at first, but thinking about it really shouldn't have was "mininova" one of the more popular and less infamous torrent search engines.

Google News showed that most of us are interested in gossip then in health, then in web 2.0 with the number one spot taken out by searches for "Paris Hilton" (why does that not surprise me?) followed by
"Orlando Bloom", "Cancer" and "Podcasting" at 2,3 and 4 respectively.

Most popular "Who is"
Who is Borat

Most Popular "What is" 
What is Hezbollah

Most Popular "How to"
How to refinance

Most Popular "define"
Define promiscuous

some of the others I found interesting as popular searches were

in the "How to" section "How to scream" in at number 5 followed by "how to levitate" at number six

its quite incredible that there are that many people who would like to know how to scream!

The Top Ten Searches in 2006 Are:

 1. bebo
  2. myspace
  3. world cup
  4. metacafe
  5. radioblog
  6. wikipedia
  7. video
  8. rebelde
  9. mininova
10. wiki

The Top Ten Google News Searches in 2006 are:

  1. paris hilton
  2. orlando bloom
  3. cancer
  4. podcasting
  5. hurricane katrina
  6. bankruptcy
  7. martina hingis
  8. autism
  9. 2006 nfl draft
10. celebrity big brother 2006

so there you have it, some I expected, others I didn't expect at all,

on the health side Cancer is fairly predictable, but autism?

So to sum up, we are a world that is concerned that we are sleeping around to much, we want to refinance, scream and then go out and levitate, while writing all about it on social networking sites while engorging ourselves on the latest Paris Hilton scandal.

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Comment by, on 20-Dec-2006 23:08

Paris Hilton is top Google searches because she's famous for her controversies

Comment by KJ, on 21-Dec-2006 15:21

Ahh but how many of those serches have you done yourself?

More importantly, how many have you googled since the list came out to find out what everyone else has been looking at?

I know I have been guilty of the wiki search myself :)

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