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Google Zeitgeist 2008

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the who-googles-the-googlers dept.

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bahstid writes "As the year comes to a close, it's time to look at the big events, memorable moments and emerging trends that captivated us in 2008. As it happens, studying the aggregation of the billions of search queries that people type into the Google search box gives us a glimpse into the zeitgeist — the spirit of the times. While the global aggregated results are what one might expect, the breakdown by country is filled with 'hotmail,' 'yahoo' and 'facebook,' indicating that in 2008 your average user still hasn't quite grasped this address bar thing." This year's focus on the US presidential election and the economic crisis made for some interesting trends. It also seems that many Americans frequently checked their Facebook profile while watching American Idol and wondering who Sarah Palin was.

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to be fair (5, Insightful)

PachmanP (881352) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100281)

...sometimes it's easier to just go into google than to actually use the address bar. frist psot

Re:to be fair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26100319)

It's easier to go to google which most ppl have as their homepage and type in 'yahoo' (5 characters) than 'www.yahoo.com' (13 characters).

Re:to be fair (2, Funny)

Panspechi (948400) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100353)

or type the first letter and the rest of the word shows up, then arrow down and enter... 3 "characters". I love been lazy

Re:to be fair (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26100429)

Yes, and it's also easier to go to Google and type in 'putty' (5 characters) then 'www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html' (57 characters).

Re:to be fair (5, Funny)

j-cloth (862412) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101975)

<nazi type=grammar>
Actually, once you've typed 'putty' into google, there's no need to subsequently type 'www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html'
</nazi>

Re:to be fair (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102891)

Putty is at putty.be ;-)

Re:to be fair (1)

kv9 (697238) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102225)

Yes, and it's also easier to go to Google and type in 'putty' (5 characters) then 'www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html' (57 characters).

putty is an application that is burried deep within a website, so it's logical to google it like you'd do with other apps. googling for youtube, facebook login, or stupid shit like that isn't logical. the "easy" argument doesn't stand either, because what's easy is to type "youtube" in the address bar then press CTRL+ENTER. but considering this [wikipedia.org] I can't say I'm that surprised.

Re:to be fair (3, Interesting)

Metaphorically (841874) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102589)

When the kids here want to go to facebook (or more likely runescape) on one of several computers in the house where it's not bookmarked, I've taught them to just google it - using the search box next to the address bar.

This is to prevent typos.

It applies doubly so to the flash game site of the week where neither they nor I am sure of the correct domain name.

Re:to be fair (1)

JPLemme (106723) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102781)

I'd mod you up if I had points, but without points I can only say "Good idea!"

Thanks.

Re:to be fair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26104121)

Or, maybe they could learn how to watch the screen when they type, and use the backspace key if they make a mistake.

Naw, better to save the children than to let them learn.

Re:to be fair (1)

lyml (1200795) | more than 5 years ago | (#26103475)

You do realize that even if everyone were to magically become a billion times smarter the scale would be exactly the same.

IQ is defined as normally distributed.

Re:to be fair (5, Funny)

spintriae (958955) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100765)

You use Google to find Yahoo? "Yo dawg, I heard you like searching so I put a search engine in your search engine so you can search while you search."

Re:to be fair (1)

shish (588640) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102599)

What's even more confusing is the people who use google to find google o_O

Re:to be fair (4, Funny)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101155)

Sadly my boss still types full site urls into the text input box on google... trying to convince him to use the address bar has repeatedly failed.

Re:to be fair (2, Informative)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102223)

Sadly my boss still types full site urls into the text input box on google... trying to convince him to use the address bar has repeatedly failed.

I do the opposite for the mother in law. I don't want her typing in yahooo.com by mistake and getting malware. Google generally won't lead you that far astray.

Re:to be fair (1)

Luthair (847766) | more than 5 years ago | (#26104017)

For a little while I did tech support for a company and we'd constantly get calls by people who would search for the URL. They would then select one of the advertising links from other companies and complain that "your site has lots of pop ups".

Re:to be fair (1)

Entropy98 (1340659) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101617)

It's easier to go to google which most ppl have as their homepage and type in 'yahoo' (5 characters) than 'www.yahoo.com' (13 characters).

It is? First, lose the www., it's not needed. Second, considering page load times, I believe it would be faster to type yahoo.com into the address bar and press enter than to search google for yahoo, wait for the page to load, scan the page for the appropriate link, then click on it. Especially considering most people I know who search instead of using the address bar have trouble scanning the results and finding the right one. Far to often these people click on ads and then buy stuff that they can get for free.
--
  IP Addres Finding [ipfinding.com]

Re:to be fair (2, Informative)

zmjjmz (1264856) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100349)

Most of the browsers released in 2008 will go to the site automatically if you type the name of the site (i.e. facebook or digg) automatically.

Re:to be fair (3, Informative)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101319)

Firefox does this by... Googling what you typed into the address bar.

Re:to be fair (2, Insightful)

Kenz0r (900338) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102259)

I actually think this contributed to those statistics google released, possibly in a major way.
I barely even bother with the www and the domain anymore.

Re:to be fair (1)

Luthair (847766) | more than 5 years ago | (#26104025)

You can also use CTRL+Enter to skip Google and proceed to XXXX.com

Re:to be fair (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26100377)

Yeah, same. Also, it's often easier to add the "wikipedia" to a google search query than to actually search wikipedia.

Re:to be fair (2, Interesting)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100565)

Never heard of keyword search?

To translate a word, I type Ctrl-L and then "dict someword" ENTER.
For Wikipedia I have "wiki sometopic" and "wikie sometopic" for the English Wikipedia.

Oh, I also use Yakuake [yakuake.uv.ro] , and I have a special button on my keyboard for it.
So for when Firefox is not running, I press that button, type "wiki sometopic" or "dict sometopic" and Firefox opens with that search.
Yakuake even automatically retracts when Firefox opens.

I have this for YouTube (yt=, btjunkie (bt), wikipedia (wiki, wikie), dict.leo.org (dict, dico), price comparison (preis), recipes (rezept), urban dictionary (ud), and others. I did not see the front pages of those sites for months or even years.

Re:to be fair (2, Interesting)

jlarocco (851450) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100729)

To translate a word, I type Ctrl-L and then "dict someword" ENTER.
For Wikipedia I have "wiki sometopic" and "wikie sometopic" for the English Wikipedia.

You are nowhere near lazy enough. 'w' => Wikipedia, 'g' => Google search, "gi" => Google image search, 'f' => Flickr, 'd' => dictionary, ...

But yeah, shortcuts or keyword searches are the way to go.

Re:to be fair (-1, Troll)

Chrisje (471362) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100917)

Good God, you people are lazy.

I will always do a search for "some topic, described relatively clearly" because I always want to see if there are more authorative sources than the Wiki on any given thing.

But go on.... trust that single source.

Re:to be fair (2, Funny)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101157)

Most people arguing on the internet cite wikipedia so democratically they are correct and you are wrong.

Re:to be fair (3, Insightful)

jlarocco (851450) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101285)

What the fuck? Your reading comprehension is terrible. How the hell do you confuse "I have a shortcut to Wikipedia" with "I think Wikipedia is an authoritative source and use it exclusively when looking for information"? Did I say it was the only search I use? You're just making shit up.

It's so stupid I wouldn't even respond except some dimwit moderated your comment Insightful. WTF?

Re:to be fair (1)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102257)

You are nowhere near lazy enough. 'w' => Wikipedia, 'g' => Google search, "gi" => Google image search, 'f' => Flickr, 'd' => dictionary, ...

You are nowhere near lazy enough. "i" => Google image search, FTW!

Re:to be fair (1)

pbhj (607776) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101571)

As the sibling post said w=wikipedia, d=dictionary.com, etc., ...

But I do use Google sometimes. If I use Konq (which occasionally I need too, but only very occasionally) then ctrl-enter doesn't work to fill in the http://www.domain.com/ [domain.com] around the typed in $domain. It's therefore less clicks+presses to do "gg://$domain" and click the [what is usually the] first listing. YMMV.

If you're a keyboard user then aren't the search and address bars only one tab apart. That would account for a lot of misfires too.

Re:to be fair (0)

Aerynvala (1109505) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100629)

So very true. I almost never use the Wikipedia search function and when I do, it seems to work only about 50% of the time.

Re:to be fair (1, Interesting)

NinthAgendaDotCom (1401899) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100507)

Really? Why don't they use the bookmark toolbar? Maybe I'm overestimating the capabilities of the average user, and most people don't customize the browser enough to even add a bookmark?

Re:to be fair (4, Interesting)

crow (16139) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100593)

Yes, particularly for two reasons:

1) It protects you from typos. If you miss a character, it's immediately obvious before you've helped out a typo squatter.

2) It often gives you options to select certain topics within a given site, allowing you to more easily navigate to the portion of the site you actually want.

Re:to be fair (1)

kv9 (697238) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102175)

1) It protects you from typos. If you miss a character, it's immediately obvious before you've helped out a typo squatter.

I bet that why all germans type "web.de" in Google search.

Re:to be fair (2, Informative)

DeadPixels (1391907) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100833)

Agreed. It's a lot easier for me to hit ctrl+t, tab, enter, and type a site name than it is for me to mouse up to the address bar, select it all, delete it, and retype the address before hitting enter. Plus, Google's a lot more forgiving of typos than the address bar is...

Re:to be fair (1)

kv9 (697238) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102159)

Agreed. It's a lot easier for me to hit ctrl+t, tab, enter, and type a site name than it is for me to mouse up to the address bar, select it all, delete it, and retype the address before hitting enter.

say hello to ALT+D. works by default in Firefox/IE and possibly other browsers. Opera has some other shortcut for going to the address bar IIRC, which I promptly remapped to ALT+D.

Re:to be fair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26104273)

Testing on my (newly installed on this computer) Opera browser it appears that your remapping was unnessecary. Alt-D already takes me to the address bar.

Re:to be fair (2, Funny)

rasputin465 (1032646) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101835)

Actually, I've seen worse than this. I was at this bar attached to a hotel in Switzerland and they had a coin-operated Windoze machine. And old American guy (~70s) felt hip enough to surf the tubes, so he put in his coins, and upon login an IE browser window automatically popped up, full screen. My friend and I painfully watched him spend 10 minutes trying to find IE by going to Google and searching for "Internet Explorer". He even tried to download from one site and install it; when that didn't work he had to drag the bartender over and show him how to use this new-fangled device (bartender/IT? quite a CV).

Once he was on, he spent his time checking hotmail and his bank and stock accounts. But he was mindful of the security risks: when he was typing in passwords, he looked over his shoulder to make sure no one was watching.

Re:to be fair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26101987)

Googling for 'hotmail' or 'facebook' is one thing, but looking at the most popular search words overall for Sweden, it seems Swedes are using Google to find Google. Hrm.

Re:to be fair (1)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 5 years ago | (#26103505)

This assumes there is even a difference between the address bar and the search box, which is not the case for Google Chrome, and barely the case for other browsers (since they will do a search when you enter a non-URI into the address bar).

Perhaps we will get closer once more to Tim B-L's original web browser, where URIs were considered implementation details and not shown to the user. If the desktop's clipboard supports a 'URI' data type (falling back to just text for apps that don't understand it) then you could just highlight a 'link' object and paste it into your mail client or instant messaging program. Less error-prone to do that than to highlight all of the text.

Re:to be fair (1)

brauchief (1413343) | more than 5 years ago | (#26103533)

for real, if i had a penny for everytime i was too lazy to add .whatever" in the address bar when i could put part of the sites name in the search bar and click...

Re:to be fair (2, Funny)

rubah (1197475) | more than 5 years ago | (#26103891)

I make fun of my friend regularly for googling things that are in his search bar search engines list.

he also googled google maps.

fast risers (3, Interesting)

tregeagle (192408) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100337)

Its good to see so many non-english fast risers like, tuenti, wer kennt wen and nasza-klasa. Whatever they are...

Re:fast risers (2, Informative)

BluBrick (1924) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100599)

They are all social networking sites. Spanish (tuenti - no translation available from Google), German (Wer-kennt-wen = who knows whom), and Polish(nasza klasa = Our class).

Apparently even foreigners use Google to find Facebook-y, MySpace-y, time-waste-y websites! Whodathunkit?

Re:fast risers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26100861)

I've never heard of Whodathunkit. Any chance they'll beat facebook?

Re:fast risers (1)

Chrisje (471362) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100947)

In other news, Europe just started using Electricity too.

Whodathunkthat?

Hehehehehe... I think if you look around you in the world, no matter what country you're actually from, you'll find that most people on the planet are foreigners.

Re:fast risers (2, Funny)

digitig (1056110) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101731)

And it's sort of reassuring that a misspelling makes one of the UK top 10s. ("Eaton Mess" should be "Eton Mess")

Can't figure out the address bar? (4, Insightful)

orkybash (1013349) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100361)

Probably more a combination of not remembering the domain extension ("was that wikipedia.com or wikipedia.org?"), combined with getting an annoying squatter 90% of the time if you get it wrong. And yes, I'm aware that in the above example both of them get you to where you need to go

Re:Can't figure out the address bar? (1)

PreDefined (787636) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100443)

Amen. Those of you who delete their history on a regular basis might not realize it but it's far too easy to have made a mistake once and then always have the mistake come up as the first match in the address bar. It's less aggravating to throw it into Google where you can possibly even add some additional context for a subpage.

Re:Can't figure out the address bar? (5, Informative)

oakgrove (845019) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100635)

When the mistake drops down, highlight it and press shift+delete.

Re:Can't figure out the address bar? (1)

orkybash (1013349) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100763)

Mod parent up! Never would have found this, thanks.

Re:Can't figure out the address bar? (4, Informative)

blurryrunner (524305) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100959)

Or just use the arrows to select the entry and hit delete.

br/

Re:Can't figure out the address bar? (4, Insightful)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101575)

Gotta love UI features like this where it doesn't tell you about them.

Re:Can't figure out the address bar? (2, Funny)

Fear the Clam (230933) | more than 5 years ago | (#26103257)

Annoying Squatter. What you need when you need it.

Fickle Environmentalism (-1, Offtopic)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100375)

Any results on queries about global warming (er, climate change)? Sorry, the next media panic scheduled is the availability of fresh water.

Please mod this comment to minus a billion where it belongs.

Re:Fickle Environmentalism (1, Funny)

TFer_Atvar (857303) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100885)

Please mod this comment to minus a billion where it belongs.

More than happy to help!

... oops.

Re:Fickle Environmentalism (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101171)

Any results on queries about global warming (er, climate change)? Sorry, the next media panic scheduled is the availability of fresh water.

Studies show that the ice caps are melting too slowly! Hybrid cars must be BANNED to save the planet!

And in 2008... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26100379)

...the submitter still hasn't grasped the "I'm feeling lucky" feature in the browser. Typing facebook in the adressbar in Firefox will use Googles "I'm feeling lucky" thing and take you facebook.com

Duh!

Efficient use of built-in features isn't stupid (4, Insightful)

orbz (939720) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100399)

I'd say nerds haven't grasped it, not average users. Now that you can leave www. and .com off your URLs, why wouldn't you? It saves time, provided it gets you to the right site - which most of these pseudoqueries will.

Google should edit their Zeitgeist lists, though (3, Interesting)

orbz (939720) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100413)

Really, what needs to happen nowadays is that Google should separate those "keywords" that exactly match the top-returned URL... then we'd have a better idea of what people are actually *searching* for, versus what they're just trying to access.

Re:Google should edit their Zeitgeist lists, thoug (2, Interesting)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100571)

Better yet, they could separate out the queries that are coming from Firefox URL bars instead of a search box. Is there any way to tell which is which on Google's end, or do they both use the same protocol? Would the fact that they jump straight to "I'm feeling lucky" be enough, or does the FF URL bar just do exactly what a user would do?

Re:Google should edit their Zeitgeist lists, thoug (1)

ewanm89 (1052822) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102495)

I do my google searching through the address bar often too. Only if the I'm feeling lucky fails to give me something useful do I deliberately use the search box. And the great thing is, if there is no clear pagerank leader for search term, it drops to search results anyway.

Re:Efficient use of built-in features isn't stupid (1)

HiVizDiver (640486) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100705)

Please - most of the people in here are still using Lynx (on purpose, just ask them why) to browse teh intartubes...

Something to remember our times by. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26100431)

Wow. Thanks Google.

Google Trends (3, Interesting)

yotto (590067) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100447)

I've been doing a podcast [volcanicast.com] based on the Google Trends, which the Zeitgeist is directly related to, for almost 1.5 years now and I must say, watching the trends weekly (and daily) is an interesting exercise. We actually go through and try to find why things were searched for, and while 90% of the terms are based on TV shows (Predominately Extreme Home Makeover and House), the few that are from other sources (xkcd pops up occasionally, as does Google's ever-changing logo) are where the fun lies. That, and the searches for stuff like "Hot Karl" and "Anal Fissures."

Google (1, Interesting)

Qrlx (258924) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100481)

is filled with 'hotmail,' 'yahoo' and 'facebook'

My roommate had a good one the other day.

He said, "If you get on YouTube and Google for this video..."

I... knew what he meant.

Re:Google (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100637)

It brings back memories of the days when you didn't knew how to spell Google doesn't it? =P

As Bryan Adams would had put it: "Those were the best days of my life!", or maybe not, atleast when it came to googl.. searching.

Re:Google (1)

ewanm89 (1052822) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102503)

Well, isn't youtube owned by google now??? ;)

Where's Microsoft? (1)

Erris (531066) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102551)

I looked at the list and knew what people want. Games, email and pictures of each other. What's missing are things like Vista, Windows, Office, etc, the M$ "cash cows". Sure, you can say that hotmail is M$, but it's just another thing they bought and are killing. Microsoft is irrelevant.

"nasza klasa" (2, Funny)

NinthAgendaDotCom (1401899) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100515)

Ah yes, the distant cousin of Santa Clausa.

The MPAA/RIAA won't be too happy... (1)

Doug52392 (1094585) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100541)

I see "mp3" and "free movies" several times on that list... gee, sure hope the MPAA and/or the RIAA don't see this list!

Re:The MPAA/RIAA won't be too happy... (1)

the1337g33k (1268908) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100641)

why not? it was probably them that did those searches so they had somebody else to scream at and sue. Now the MPAA and RIAA will want to start censoring google, and the sad thing is google would probably let them do it.

India (5, Funny)

rite_m (787216) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100653)

My countrymen are confused. The top ten how-to lists has most people trying to figure out "how to reduce weight" (#1) while some are trying to find "how to gain weight" (#6). Men are trying "to impress a girl" (#9), while women are trying "to get pregnant" (#4).

And everyone else wants to learn to play guitar, learn english, create a website, make money and kiss (in no particular order).

Re:India (3, Funny)

KanSer (558891) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101585)

Allow me to alleviate their confusion, I can help with #4!

Sarah Palin? (4, Funny)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100797)

I'm not American, you insensitive clod! The first time I heard about Sarah Palin was in a spam email, and I still think Jenna's more talented...

Re:Sarah Palin? (1, Interesting)

TFer_Atvar (857303) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100913)

It's kind of strange when someone you've met at a barbecue [flickr.com] shows up in a spam e-mail.

The real search engine is just for backup (3, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100803)

The front-end machines at Google have a set of canned replies for common queries. Most queries to Google are in fact answered by the first front-end machine reached, without invoking the main search engine at all. The size of the front-end cache is considered proprietary, but it's not huge.

Most queries just aren't very original.

Re:The real search engine is just for backup (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26102527)

All I can think is:

porn, sex, fu..........

Australia? and Canada? (1)

banffbug (1323109) | more than 5 years ago | (#26100843)

How come the #6 most popular search term on google.com.au is "google"?

To delete 3 characters from the address bar? The LAST 3? really??

Canada ranked "google" #6 most popular as well, though with google.ca we're talking about deleting one and adding two letters, come on give us a break.

The hotmail one makes sense. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26100931)

When I type hotmail into the address bar, it didn't used to take me to the login screen. I always go to google, type in hotmail, and click on it there - then it auto logs in and takes me to my inbox. Much quicker than navigating to it the "proper" way.

I search for urls I know... (1)

GiMP (10923) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101117)

On my Android phone, I search for websites with URLs that I know because it is faster & easier. I would never do this on a regular computer, where it would be silly, but for mobile devices I think it is a fine and even preferable thing.

pr0n? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26101173)

where is pr0n?

Why...? (1)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101327)

Why did Google remove (some time ago now I know) the browser and OS stats from their Zeitgeist? I can't think of a site that would have more accurate data than them, yet they removed them. :-( I know that there were bound to be some inaccuracies owing to incorrect browser reporting of these things, but not too many, and I thought the Zeitgeist lost a lot when they removed them.

Re:Why...? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26101463)

I was on the team that does the Zeitgeist back end when this was done. All I know is that a directive came from very high up (which means, at Google, the top), saying it had to go. We still have the info, obviously (for what it's worth Linux is growing steadily and Mac growth is increasing).

Re:Why...? (1)

pbhj (607776) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101625)

Perhaps so they could sell the figures?

How to hack (1)

Memroid (898199) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101485)

#6 item for "How to" -> How to hack [google.com]

It looks like script-kiddies are on the rise! ... or never went away.

Re:How to hack (1)

Dragonslicer (991472) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101879)

#6 item for "How to" -> How to hack [google.com] It looks like script-kiddies are on the rise! ... or never went away.

Maybe they were looking for a different hack [wikipedia.org] ?

Zeitgeist. (1)

crhylove (205956) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101823)

The REAL Zeitgeist of 2008 was the movie "Zeitgeist". Probably the single best piece of film EVER:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-594683847743189197 [google.com]

Go and educate yourselves people!

Re:Zeitgeist. (1)

crimson30 (172250) | more than 5 years ago | (#26101937)

Zeitgeist is pretty awesome indeed.

It lets me know who I shouldn't even bother talking to (because they'll believe anything they hear/see, obviously don't do the research and aren't worth the trouble).

Re:Zeitgeist. (2, Interesting)

crhylove (205956) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102003)

I don't think your invisible friend wants you trolling for flame wars.

Most of the research I did personally on religion long before I saw the movie corroborates his views almost exactly.

I think the movie "9/11 Mysteries" does a much better job than "Zeitgeist" in regards to section two, however.

As to section three, well, it's pure speculation, tacked on a little poorly at the end, kind of like your "Revelations". Though not done nearly as poorly as old John did those.

But it's good you know who not to talk to and then talk anyway. At least part of your cerebral cortex is still functioning, and you might actually LEARN something somewhere along the way.

Cthulhu is Russia's #1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26102085)

Scroll down to "KTO TAKON"

Funny... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26102187)

Nobody is interested by sex anymore...

Re:Funny... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26102739)

Haven't you heard ? Most slashdotters have finally been laid this year... just to realize there is more entertainment in googling google on google.com

Schmeitgeist already (1, Offtopic)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102275)

Zeitgeist Schmeitgeist.

Chuck Norris (1)

Drencrom (689725) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102477)

I think the most shocking result is that Chuck Norris is 9th in the fastest rising list for South Africa wtf??

Some of those are mine (1)

sootman (158191) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102563)

Every time I use anyone's computer that has google as their homepage I invariably google a url or two. I'm used to my own systems, which come up with a blank start page, but google.com has that javascript thing that puts the cursor into the search box.

Address Bar (1)

Ian Alexander (997430) | more than 5 years ago | (#26102903)

I think google's getting higher numbers of searches for well-known services like facebook and hotmail because firefox plugs malformed URLs into google and takes you to the first result. I use this all the time (and it's not related to the awesomebar, I've been using it since 2.0) because I'm lazy and don't feel like typing TLD's sometimes.

bad trend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26103075)

google is setting a bad trend by listing everything in lower case. it is bad for the future of english language treating us like little homies.

Translations (1)

chefmonkey (140671) | more than 5 years ago | (#26103605)

Hmmm... they translate some of them, don't bother with others.

For example, #2 on the Chinese fastest-rising list apparently means "Olympic games opening ceremony"; while #4 translates to "Substandard milk powder list" (at least, by Google's own translation engine). There are other interesting things in there, too, if you run the lists through an autotranslator.

Explanation of the German listings (1)

Sapphon (214287) | more than 5 years ago | (#26103735)

Fastest rising
      1. wer kennt wen -- social networking site (general)
      2. juegos -- no freaking idea (no, I will not google it!)
      3. facebook
      4. schüler vz -- social networking site (schoolkids)
      5. studi vz -- social networking site (students)
      6. jappy -- social networking site (general)
      7. youtube
      8. yasni -- person search engine
      9. obama -- a very tanned man (thanks, Berlusconi!)
    10. euro 2008

Most Popular
      1. ebay
      2. youtube
      3. wetter -- weather
      4. gmx -- E-mail provider
      5. google
      6. video
      7. wikipedia
      8. web.de -- E-mail provider
      9. bild -- German tabloid
    10. telefonbuch -- telephone book

Also, Austria
Fastest rising
      1. teilchenbeschleuniger -- LHC
      2. gina lisa -- contestant on Germany's next top model
      3. peking 2008
      4. euro 08
      5. barack obama
      6. schülerVZ
      7. jÃrg haider -- Austrian right-wing pollie who died in a car crash, drunk off his nut, and was later discovered to be gay.
      8. iphone
      9. heath ledger
    10. wahlkabine -- voting booth

Austrian most popular
      1. youtube
      2. wetter
      3. google
      4. orf -- Austrian TV Station
      5. ebay
      6. wikipedia
      7. herold -- Austrian Yellow Pages
      8. routenplaner -- route planner
      9. immobilien -- houses/property
    10. gmx

I notice that several countries have the term "google" in their top 10 google searches. WTF? Who goes to google and then types in "google"?

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