Google Zeitgeist reveals top UK search terms in 2009

Facebook has been revealed as the most searched for term in the UK this year in Google's annual Zeitgeist list.

Facebook has been revealed as the most searched for term in the UK this year in Google's annual Zeitgeist list.

"Britons had mixed feelings as they headed online this year to search for their favourite online tools, to learn about celebrities new and old, and to find a good bargain," said Google spokesperson Anthony House. "People searched about new sensations like Lady Gaga and Susan Boyle, but they also turned to the web to learn about the deaths of Stephen Gately, Jade Goody, and Michael Jackson."





Top searches 2009

  1. Facebook
  2. BBC
  3. YouTube
  4. Hotmail
  5. Games
  6. eBay
  7. News
  8. Google
  9. Yahoo
  10. Bebo

The research also revealed that the most searched for topic was Stephen Gately.

Top search topics this decade

  • 2001: Nostradamus
  • 2002: Spiderman
  • 2003: Prince Charles
  • 2004: Big Brother
  • 2005: James Blunt
  • 2006: Steve Irwin
  • 2007: iPhone
  • 2008: iPlayer
  • 2009: Stephen Gately

The fastest rising query was Facebook login.

Fastest growing Google queries

  1. Facebook login
  2. Jogos
  3. eBay UK
  4. Yahoo mail
  5. Hotmail
  6. BBC iplayer
  7. Hi5
  8. Stephen Gately
  9. Bing
  10. Spotify

The biggest news story in terms of search was swine flu

Most searched for news

  1. Swine flu
  2. Susan Boyle
  3. Jade Goody
  4. Robert Pattison
  5. Rihanna
  6. Michael Jackson
  7. Google Maps
  8. Twitter
  9. Stephen Gately
  10. Iran

Flights was the term most searched for by bargain hunters

Bargain hunting top searches in 2009

  1. Flights
  2. Holiday
  3. Train tickets
  4. Car insurance
  5. Hotels
  6. Laptops
  7. Travel insurance
  8. Car hire
  9. Tyres
  10. Tickets

The most sought after and searched for tickets were for Lady Gaga

The fastest rising ticket searches in 2009

  1. Lady Gaga
  2. Michael Jackson
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Whitney Houston
  5. Pixies
  6. JLS
  7. Beyonce
  8. Green Day
  9. Tinchy Stryder
  10. U2


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