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Google Zeitgeist: The Year In Graphs

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After a tumultuous year of natural disasters, terror attacks, celebrity hoopla, dead popes, and pop-star courtroom shenanigans, Google has released its 2005 Year-End Zeitgeist to give us a “selective view of our collective year.” Who knew a graphic rendition of the year would look like a bunch of wavy lines? My head hurts. Darn techies.

The good news is, young Jedi Masters, that the Force was sought after in much greater abundance than the Dark Side. Even if Luke is a sniveling little wussy, at least Yoda knows how to kick some tail.

A year after Nipplegate, [Janet Jackson] was still the number one searched for news term on Google, outscoring [Hurricane Katrina] and [tsunami].

Here’s the rest of the list of “news” searches:

4. xbox 360
5. Brad Pitt
6. Michael Jackson
7. American Idol
8. Britney Spears
9. Angelina Jolie
10. Harry Potter

Variants of Apple’s iPod controlled 4 of the top 10 of Froogle searches, with the other stuff kids want for Christmas, like [digital camera], [psp], and [xbox] peppered throughout.

MySpace.com squealed into first place of the Top Gainers category followed by Ares (I’m guessing the file sharing application, not the Greek god of war).

There’s plenty of other graphic renditions of the collective search mind on there, from the London bombings to the CIA leak, from the bird flu to Britney Spears, all in squiggly-lined glory

Google Zeitgeist: The Year In Graphs
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