Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin - Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin - Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions?

Read more

FOCUS

Pakistan's Ahmadis living in fear of extremist attacks

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users show solidarity with Iraqi Christians

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Gilles Kepel, Islamic and Arab world specialist

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Argentina braced for another debt default

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'What would you do?'

Read more

  • US and EU slap Russia with fresh sanctions over Ukraine

    Read more

  • Scores killed as Israel ramps up Gaza bombardment

    Read more

  • Dozens killed in stampede at Guinea rap concert

    Read more

  • 'Compelling' signs Kosovo leaders trafficked organs, prosecutor says

    Read more

  • Graphic: Ebola spreads across West Africa

    Read more

  • Islamists seize key Benghazi army base as fuel fire rages on

    Read more

  • In pictures: ن - a sign of support for Iraq’s persecuted Christians

    Read more

  • Calls mount to ban France’s ‘violent’ Jewish Defence League

    Read more

  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez’s ‘little bird’ strikes again

    Read more

  • France extradites suspected Jewish Museum shooter to Belgium

    Read more

  • Video: How tourism is helping Rwanda’s gorillas, ex-poachers

    Read more

  • Rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs born in French zoo

    Read more

  • US says Russia violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile

    Read more

  • Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default

    Read more

Palin is Google's top 2008 Web hit

Latest update : 2008-12-10

The world's leading search engine Google has revealed the list of most popular Web searches for 2008. Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin tops the list, followed by the Beijing Olympics and the homepage of social network site Facebook.

AFP - Google released its list Wednesday of the most popular searches in 2008, and Sarah Palin may have been on the losing end of the Republican ticket, but she topped the web search chart.

"Beijing Olympics 2008" came in at number two on the Google list of "fastest-rising" searches around the globe this year followed by "Facebook login" and "Tuenti," a Spanish social networking website.

Searches for "Heath Ledger," the Australian actor who died in January, came in at number four followed by "Obama" -- as in Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate for the White House and now US president-elect.

Searches for "Nasza Klasa," a Polish social networking website, and "Wer Kennt Wen," a German one, were next followed by "Euro 2008" and the "Jonas Brothers."

Besides providing a global view of what people were looking for on the Internet this year, Google for the first time released search data for more than 30 countries.

In the United States, "Obama" was number one on the Google "fastest-rising" list followed by "Facebook" "ATT," a US phone company, "iPhone," "YouTube" and "Fox News."

While Republican vice presidential candidate Palin may have come in at number one globally she only finished seventh on the list of fastest-rising searches on Google.com by US users in 2008.

The photogenic Palin did, however, finish number one on Google Image Search in 2008, Google said.

Yahoo, which receives about 20 percent of the annual search queries in the United States compared with more than 60 percent for Google, released its list of most popular searches worldwide in 2008 on December 1.

Pop star Britney Spears topped the Yahoo list for the seventh time in eight years.

Spears, however, did not appear on the Google "fastest-rising" list which compares the popularity of online searches in 2008 with their frequency the previous year.
 

Date created : 2008-12-10

COMMENT(S)