Sarah Palin Tops Google’s Global Zeitgeist 2008

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Well what do you know? Despite losing in the recently concluded U.S. Elections, Sarah Palin has won in Google’s 2008 search Zeitgeist. Beating search terms including the Beijing 2008, Facebook login, Tuenti a brazilian social networking site, and the rest of the top ten search terms used globally on

Whereas Google used to present its Zeitgest specific only on US searches, this time around Google decide to included all the search terms made on by users coming from 30 countries. This could probably explain the reason why, Sarah Palin is the fastest rising search query. These queries may not really be conducted by U.S. residents interested on knowing about Palin, but rather by non-US users who got interested with the VP candidate’s, well what? captivating smile?

Google has also aggregated the search queries per geographic region as well as per categories, including showbiz, politics and sports. Of course for Politics, top searches were made for the four US election candidates. In showbiz, the super hero movies received the top search volumes for 2008 which include, Batman, Iron Man, Hulk, Hancock, and Hellboy.

The complete Top Ten Fastest Rising Search Query for 2008 Globally: 

  1. sarah palin
  2. beijing 2008
  3. facebook login
  4. tuenti
  5. heath ledger
  6. obama
  7. nasza klasa
  8. wer kennt wen
  9. euro 2008
  10. jonas brothers

For other search queries, check out the Google Zeitgeist 2008.


Arnold Zafra
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google,, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building three niche blogs covering iPad News, Google Android Phones and E-Book Readers.
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  • Bahamas

    I think she is a good lady, had Obama picked her as a VP she would have been the Moose Hunting Hero, but her being McCains running make they made her out to be a Moose Hunting freak. Media bias really shown this year. Obama said he has been to all 57 states excluding Alaska and HI (59), Sarah said i see Russia from my house, Obama was forgiven but Sarah wasnt, actually Russica Right in her back door 1 mile away, remember Alaska was once owned by Russia, so Their history is USA and Russia’s history

  • icaro

    Hi. Tuenti is not brazilian, it´s the biggest social network in Spain

  • Susan Williams

    oh golly, wink, she’s so brainless: i saw on MSNBC last week The Complete Book of the Collected Wisdom of Sarah Palin: In Her Own Words — it’s blank. sums it up completely. pretty funny also.

  • hrh

    Is it genetically or physically possible for the media to file a report about Sarah Palin without degrading and mocking her? … I guess not …

    For comparison, what if #6 “obama” had been # 1? Would you have tried to explain that away by saying that foreign companies were interested in, well what, his dance moves? Perhaps, just perhaps, foreign countries were interested in the U.S. maybe finally, electing a woman to one of the highest offices in the land? After all, many foreign countries are way ahead of the U.S. in this game.

    And Susan, MSNBC HATES Sarah Palin, so if you get your news from them, you’re not getting news, you’re getting a hatefest.

    For example, have they reported on Governor Palin’s new health and education initiatives that she released last week? Or the gas pipeline lease AK signed with TransCanada? Or her recent appointments to key boards in AK that are being received with praise? Or her recent trip with the National Guard to bring gifts to poor rural communities in Northern AK? Or yesterday’s Governor’s House holiday open house in Juneau in which people waited for hours in the rain to speak with their Governor?

    I think not. Check it out for yourself here

    And realize that MSNBC DOESN’T CARE about the news …


    May the one who knows all things, be above her to protect her, behind her to support her, and in front of her to lead and guide her as she steps out into the days ahead.

  • Yoni Pundit

    It seems that outside the US, Sarah Palin has more allies. Everyday in the US, Americans always have a field day bashing her. But hey, has anybody scrutinized The Anointed One – Barack Hussein Obama? The one flip-flopping on his foreign affairs policies and tax measures? The one who is associated with Chigaco mobsters like Ayers, Rezko, and Ayers? Nobody in the US questions The Anointed One. One single mistake by Sarah, and she is called lots of names. How pathetic.

  • diarmuid ryan web design ireland

    palin would do more harm than good


    We have to be extra careful, regard the Judgement of Gov. Sarah Palin in USA as well as any other judgements of the Politicians available locally as well as foreign. Hence lets leave this to the Professors who knows the best. We would like to wish Gov Sarah Palin & family a very Merry X’mas & a Happy and prosperous new year.”