BBC iPlayer tops Google search terms

LONDON - 2008 has been the year of the BBC iPlayer, Facebook and Apple's iPhone, according to the fastest rising search terms as tracked by Google.

Google: top search terms
Google: top search terms

The BBC's video and live web streaming service has shot to the top of the Google rankings, exactly one year after its official launch last Christmas.

As the year-end approaches, studying the aggregation of the billions of search queries people type into Google arguably offers a glimpse into the zeitgeist.

The iPlayer received the approval of the BBC Trust on 30 April 2007, and an open beta was launched at midnight on 27 July 2007.

Also included in the this year's UK zeitgeist is YouTube, Yahoo Mail, the Large Hadron Collider and Obama.

Sitting alongside the fastest-growing terms, Google also lists the UK’s most popular websites, where the BBC is only beaten by the social networking site Facebook. The video-sharing site YouTube is the third most visited site, ahead of online auction house eBay.

Globally, America's former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin tops the list of fastest rising searches, ahead of Beijing 2008, Facebook, Tuenti and the late actor Heath Ledger.

While it is impossible to determine whether America's self-professed "bulldog with lipstick" heads the rankings due to her popularity or relatively unknown status before being catapulted onto the world stage, the listings provide a barometer of consumer behaviour across 34 countries tracked by Google.

It is the seventh year of Google's zeitgeist, all search queries are studied anonymously. 

Fastest rising search terms in the UK

iPlayer
Facebook
iPhone
Youtube
Yahoo Mail
Large Hadron Collider
Obama
Friv
Cam4
Jogos

Most popular search terms in the UK

Facebook
BBC
YouTube
eBay
Games
News
Hotmail
Bebo
Yahoo
Jobs

Most searched politicians in the UK

Gordon Brown
David Cameron
Barack Obama
Tony Blair
Sarah Palin
John Mccain
George Osborne
Alistair Darling
Boris Johnson
Nicolas Sarkozy

Fastest rising recipe searches in the UK

Cupcake
Meatballs
Rocky road
Crumble topping
Eaton mess [sic]
Pork belly
Rhubarb fool
Lemon posset
Honey comb
Beer batter

Fastest rising finance-related searches in the UK

Icesave
Hot uk deals
Natwest
Hmrc
Hbos
Money saving expert
Halifax
Barclays
RBS
Lloyds tsb

The most sought after tickets of the year in the UK

Oasis
Leonard Cohen
AC/DC
The Ashes
Steve Coogan
SOS
Oliver
Gladiators
Tina Turner
Nickleback

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