By Max Clarke
Google have published their annual ‘Zeitgeist’ report, a series of ranked lists compiled from accumulated Google searches in order of their global populatiry.
The revamped ChatRoulette, a Russian based site in which users are paired with strangers at random for online video or message conversations, claimed the top spot as Google’s fastest rising search of 2010. Apple’s successes are reflected in their iPad’s coming in a close second, while the Pad and the iPhone 4 ranked 1st and 2nd respectively in the Consumer Electronics category.
Catapulting out of relative obscurity with an exponential growth in searches is the US customised ringtone website Myxer, which finished up as the 6th overall fastest rising search.
Youtube’s continued success saw it ranked as the 5th Fastest Rising in Entertainment, just behing online movie rental site Netflix. The top three in this category went to Justin Bieber, Shakira and Eminem.
The continued popularity of social media sites is again evidenced by Twitter and Facebook both making the fastest rising list, ranking 8th and 10th; while Myspace and online retailer CircuitCity.com were listed in the Fastest Falling category.
Haiti and Pakistan, perhaps unsurprisingly, topped the list of the humanitarian section after the disasters inflicted on the states gripped the world, attracting global media attention.
And finally, Haiti also topped the list in the News category, with Chile coming in third place. Lady Gaga and iPhone 4 appeared around the middle, with their numbers of searches vastly outnumbering those of the BP Oil Spill.