Google has released its annual ‘Zeitgeist’ list – a run down of the top searches in the UK, providing a handy cross section of the nations concerns, interests, and celebrity crushes.
The fastest rising search of all was ‘Chatroulette’, a site in which users hook up a webcam and are paired randomly with others across the globe. The site attracted controversy almost from the off as some users jumped at the chance to, shall we say, ‘present themselves’, much to the shock of their unsuspecting new e-chum.
The election topped the news and current events search, while ‘rail strike’ also made the listing after the year’s numerous instances of industrial action.
Teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber only managed second place in the fastest rising people search, pipped to the post by Kristian Digby searches.
The search giant also deemed it necessary to categorise the most popular divorce searches. X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole come stop of the pile, closely followed by Benny Hinn and Tiger Woods.
Meanwhile Take That snatch the most Googled gig ticket searches, and Facebook was the overall most often searched for page.
At the more bizarre end of the listing, the most frequent searches beginning with ‘I hate’ came in as ‘I hate mountains’, ‘I want’ as ‘I want popcorn’, and ‘I feel’ as ‘I feel better’. We’re not sure what conclusions to draw from that particular set of stats.
Image courtesy of www.cherylcole.com