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Year-end findings show that top searches include the World Cup, Chatroulette and the fastest-rising term, Justin Bieber...Major sporting events like the football World Cup were among the top searches on the internet this year, Google says.
The findings were released in Zeitgeist 2010: How the world searched as a year-end aggregation of billions of search queries, which the company says "captures the spirit of 2010".
2010 has been a year of global struggles ranging from the debt crisis and soaring unemployment to catastrophic tragedies caused by both man and nature.
Besides world sporting events, people commonly searched for disaster stories, such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, as well as the BP oil spill off the US coast in the Gulf of Mexico.
But beyond all else, the results showed people's preoccupation with celebrity, as shown by queries on Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber and singer Lady Gaga.
Chatroulette, a controversial website that offers random video chat with strangers, iPad, and Justin Bieber topped the list for the fastest-rising queries.
"Love" was the ninth most popular word searched in Kenya, along with popular social networking sites.
In India, the railway ticketing site IRCTC topped the charts of the year-on-year fastest-rising bracket, followed by queries on smartphones, songs, YouTube, movies and Bollywood stars.
In the UK, terms on the national elections such as "register to vote", "Cameron" and "Labour Party" were among the top 10 on the list of fastest-rising searches for news and current events.
they save your search terms.
to go with your facebook and twitter comments.
what do they do with them? well now thats the billion dollar question isnt it.
at the very least, directed advertisements based on your "profile".
at the very worst, use your imagination, some big corporate conglomerate knows how you think. corporations have been known to sell this type of info to the highest bidder. perhaps a government, group, or individual.
or maybe they will just sit on the info, and keep letting it grow, for future evil ideas nobody has thought of yet.
Originally posted by SaturnFX
Yep...that sounds about right
Celeb news and wang-vision
I am suprised however that BP wasn't in there.
and yep, Gary Coleman is still dead
Originally posted by whoshotJR
How is 2012 not in the top search word/phrases?
I also don't believe this because ATS tells me that every American watches dancing with the stars so it must be true and it must be searched about I would think.... you silly fat Americans with your dancing stars.
Originally posted by militia66
My searches would have been economical. I'm surprised people don't keep up with the economy often.