Google once again examined the billions of queries that people around the world typed into its search box for the past year, weeded out the spam and NSFW stuff and came up with this list of the fastest rising search terms on a global level:
1. michael jackson
6. new moon
7. lady gaga
8. windows 7
10. torpedo gratis
No, I don’t know why so many people searched for a free torpedo, nor do I know what a sanalika or a dantri.com.vn is, but lists never lie so we’ll take their word for it.
For the United States only, Twitter actually beat Michael Jackson for the ‘Fastest Rising’ category, which means those Google found to be the most popular searches conducted in 2009 and were next ranked based on how much their popularity increased compared to 2008.
The full list for Google.com (US):
2. michael jackson
7. paranormal activity
8. natasha richardson
9. farrah fawcett
10. lady gaga
‘Swine flu’ was the most search term on Google News for the U.S., and images of Lady Gaga were also in high demand.