It’s that time of year again when Google release their zeitgeist listing the most searched for terms of 2008 split out by country – it’s like having your very own research director except you don’t get to ask specific questions.
Top tens though work well I find – it’s a proven editorial technique alongside top trumps and image galleries.
I’m always amazed though how much information the search giant is prepared to share with us the general public. Obviously it’s an edited set of data – I know for instance despite appearances some terms searched for will never appear on this top ten list.
Unlike the AOL search data nothing personally identifiable is available – although this is more to do with it being aggregated and not the raw data.
Google is in a unique position to show trends but importantly as a yearly round up this also gives us a great insight into the hopes and fears of the online population.
In the UK for instance there has been a lot of press about the banking crisis and this has meant that banks and banking in general have been popular search terms – icesave for instance was in the media for weeks so it’s no surprise that it appears top of the financial institutions list. I’m surprised though that Northern Rock hasn’t made it into the top ten considering it’s plight earlier in the year.
Fastest rising finance-related searches in the UK
hot uk deals
money saving expert
The most searched terms in the UK for 2008 though are
Although if you are interested the fastest rising search terms in the UK which might indicate trends for 2008 are
Large Hadron Collider
If you are interested in the most searched for politicians or recipes then you can find the rest of the top ten search terms over at Google zeitgeist