Apple iPhone, AT&T among ‘Fastest Rising’ U.S. searches in 2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist

After a whirlwind year of election news, economy woes, and the lead-up to the Summer Games in Beijing, Google’s looking back to see what was on the minds of Americans through it all.

“Fastest rising” means that Google looked at the most popular searches conducted for 11 months of 2008 (they compile this list by early December) and ranked them based on how much their frequency increased compared to 2007.

Google News – Fastest Rising (U.S.)
1. sarah palin
2. american idol
3. mccain
4. olympics
5. ike (hurricane)

Google Image Search – Fastest Rising (U.S.)
1. sarah palin
2. obama
3. twilight
4. miley cyrus
5. joker – Fastest Rising (U.S.)
1. obama
2. facebook
3. att
4. iphone

5. youtube
6. fox news
7. palin
8. beijing 2008
9. david cook
10. surf the channel

In compiling the 2008 Year-End Zeitgeist, Google studied the aggregation of billions of search queries people anonymously typed in to the Google search box.

More info here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brett” for the heads up.]


  1. Year-End Google Zeitgeist. You can see an on-going, real-time Google Zeitgeist by going too Google Trends to see what’s the current hot search.

    Co-incidentally, I was just screening an amazing movie on Google called “Zeitgeist”. Captures the true spirit of the times with relevant, revisionist history. One of the most watched internet movies ever.

    See Zeitgeist the movie here.

    (highly recommended for the holidaze!)

  2. Not everyone on the left is in a gibbering rage over Palin. The feminist social critic Camille Paglia, a pro-choice Democrat, is appalled by the Democrats’ anti-Palin debauch, especially their attacks on her intelligence. “As a career classroom teacher, I can see how smart she is,” Paglia writes, “and, quite frankly, I think the people who don’t see it are the stupid ones, wrapped in the fuzzy mummy-gauze of their own worn-out partisan dogma.”

    After witnessing the poise, energy, and panache with which John McCain’s 44-year-old running mate handled herself on the national stage, can the backbiters working overtime to trash her intellect really believe she is nothing but a vain and ignorant airhead? Well, maybe; partisans and ideologues are good at seeing only what they want to see. But they might want to recall that the last Republican to inspire such ardor and admiration among the party faithful – Ronald Reagan – was also derided as a dim bulb. Diplomat Clark Clifford called Reagan an “amiable dunce.” The New Republic’s Robert Wright viewed him as “virtually brain dead.” Nicholas von Hoffman lamented that it was “humiliating to think of this unlettered, self-assured bumpkin being our president.” That “bumpkin” became one of the greatest presidents of the 20th century.

    I suspect that the loathing of Palin by so much of the opinion elite is driven not by contempt for her brainpower but by fear of her political potential. She is cheerful and charismatic, an unabashed and likable conservative who generates extraordinary grassroots enthusiasm. Tens of thousands of voters showed up at her campaign rallies, and even now, when she appears on TV, record-breaking numbers of viewers tune in. “Her politics aren’t my politics,” said Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” after Palin’s appearance on the show. But “I watched the way she connected with people, and she’s powerful.”

    Whether Palin has the skill and stamina it would take to win a presidential nomination, let alone capture the White House, it is way too early to tell. But the smart money says she is a force to be reckoned with. That may be just what her critics are afraid of.

    Source: Boston Globe, November 16, 2008

  3. And that is the only reason to support one over the other? Hogwash! Plenty of men have got to places on someone’s coattails as well. Is not a gender limited thing. More important is what said person does when they arrive. You sir, are no ‘Fem”. I, on the other hand, am a feminist, just not the radical kind. My daughter was shocked to find this out about her dad some years ago.
    You comment is very bigoted, in that u assume feminists simply vote by gender, given the chance. Not true, and u know it.

  4. @macaholic
    Palin did NOT visit the convention you speak of. She sent a pre-recorded video greeting. That secession party has been around since before Alaska became a state. It’s a tempest in a teacup and it is only ignorance and misrepresentation such as yours that make it seem like an issue.

    No way, no how. Jeb is smart enough that America has Bush fatigue. Maybe 2016.

  5. @Spark. Oh a video greeting to a convention of loons! That makes all the difference. Would a video greeting to a Klan Konvention be ok too, then?
    There is no place for any messages from a governor to those that advocate violent means of secession. That is the point. Whether she was there or not is actually not really the point. It is the appearance of endorsing the platform that is the issue. She is a nut! What were they thinking!?

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