Thursday, December 11, 2008

Obama tops fastest rising Google search terms

President-elect Barack Obama was responsible for the fastest rising search term on Google this year, search engine marketing professionals may like to note.

According to the search engine, 'obama' saw the biggest growth in query volumes in 2008 compared with the previous year, followed by 'facebook', 'att' and 'iphone'.

Other top terms included 'youtube', 'fox news', 'palin' and 'beijing 2008', while 'david cook' and 'surf the channel' rounded off the list.

The rankings came ahead of Google's year-end Zeitgeist, which compiles search trends from the previous 12 months.

"We combed through billions of anonymous, aggregated search queries to bring you this snapshot of what's been top-of-mind for Americans in the past 11 months," Google said in a statement.

The news came after Yahoo! and released lists of the top search queries on their respective services this year.

Yahoo!'s top overall search term was for singer Britney Spears, followed by queries for Mr Obama, while's most popular search was for 'dictionary'.

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