Google Zeigeist (pronounced : zideguyst – listen) provides a peek into the global web search, which is what are the most popular searches for a specific period of time.
For the year ending 2009, Google Zeitgeist has published the lists for the year.
Fastest Rising (Global)
michael jackson – fastest rising in the world of all time
Fastest Rising in Entertainment (Global)
poker face lyrics
Fastest Falling (Global)
beijing 2008 – fastest falling is a comparison with previous year, 2010 might see michael jackson as fastest falling, IMHO.
Fastest Rising in Sports (Global)
pacquiao vs cotto
pga tour leaderboard
Fastest Rising in Food & Drink (Global)
acai berry – i see this in many spam mails and some diet blog posts, didn’t know people really search for it
クックパッド Google translated : Cook pad?
peanut butter recall
For the top search and fastest rising web queries, select your region to search here.
Zeitgeist is used to find out about previous searches and Google Hot Trends are what people are searching right now. Hot Trends (U.S., India, Singapore, and Japan only) – The top 40 fastest-rising search queries right now, updated continuously throughout the day.
I’d like to see more countries listed for Hot Trends though, and it will be beneficial to many people.
The year of 2009 is coming to a close and the following is my personal listing of the best in 2009 (for technology).
1. Twitter & Twitter API
Twitter has grown exponentially throughout the world and fast becoming the top Web 2.0 application.
Sometimes it’s not the most complicated application that wins, and Twitter that only takes 140 chars for a tweet/status update wins it.
Notice that it has become almost the top 100 websites of every country (except China where access to it has been blocked).
Twitter API has enabled a huge number of client applications and business grow with Twitter through the API usage and having an API to integrate with social networks is fast becoming a mandatory feature.
2. HTC and Android
While the world was immensed with the iPhone frenzy prior to 2009, other phone manufacturers are busy capturing the mobile market by having secret and not-so-secret projects like the Palm Pre and Google Android.
HTC is now ranked the fourth largest smartphone maker, after Nokia, Research In Motion (BlackBerrys) and Apple. HTC’s Android portfolio now includes the original G1 and MyTouch on T-Mobile, the Hero on Sprint, and the Tattoo and Droid Eris on Verizon and has at least five other Android phones planned for 2010.
That does not even include the HTC Nexus One, aka the Googlephone, is among the most anticipated devices of 2010.
HTC and Android walked side by side in 2009 and is definitely something we could watch out for in 2010.
3. MovieBox Media Players
I have no idea what is the right name for these products, it came with MovieBox, Media Players, etc that could play Real Player formats and various other internet downloadable movies.
It easily gain following by movie buffs due to its convenience of playing digital movie files directly to the television.
This device stands between your tv and a USB 2.0 compatible device (like external HDD or USB thumbdrive that has any image files or movie files). It can then play the content that are compatible to your TV, even make slideshows for photos as well.
I foresee its much cheaper to have a home theater or home cinema now as compared to a few years ago.
4. GPS with Internet on the phone, roam the world
With GPS you can roam the world and with GPS on your phone with mobile internet access, there is no place that you cannot venture too (of course except to location where there is no mobile data signal).
GPS has enabled human to accurately position a location and to easily make a first time travel to a place they have never been to before.
Add it with more information surrounding the location (like more landmarks and F&B attractions nearby) and by providing directions, it has now became easier for anyone to travel around the world.
5. Point and shoot cameras with DSLR capabilities
Should you buy a DSLR or Point and Shoot Digital Camera?
In 2009, you can have both.
Olympus came out with the Olympus PEN E-P1 is a hybrid 12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens camera that manages to merge the look, feel and flexibility of a traditional film SLR with the convenience of a slim, lightweight digital point-and-shoot camera.
The price is still steep but we are sure to see more professional looking photos in the making anyday, and I bet video too..
So there you have, my personal best technology products in 2009.
What is your best technology product or services you encountered in 2009? Please leave your comment below.
One year of blogging has brought more activities and time spent both facing the computer or laptop and also outside of the online world.
I’d just like to share some of the blogging knowledge or experience I have gathered in a year. You would probably get the same juice off this posts if you have been following other blogs about making money online or how to blog.
Easy to start a blog
It is very easy to start a blog. The difficult part is maintaining it.
Myself has started two websites/blogs before marvinlee.net which have now been abandoned.
I have also helped two person to start their blog and they have less posts in a month than the sight of a full moon. 🙂
If you have inclination towards starting a blog, I would recommend using WordPress instead of Blogger or any other blog platforms for that matter. WordPress is easy, popularly used and loads of plugins for you to plug and play.
Yes, you do not need to know how to program.
All you need to do is signup for webhosting that comes with WordPress, get a nice domain name, and follow those tutorial that should be easy for non-techies to start a blog. If you have problems, I’d be glad to help too.
Some tips though, blogging needs persistence. You might want to think of a topic for your blog that you will blog persistently. Even if it is not a theme-based blog, you should have an idea what is it that you need to keep you blogging for long term.
You might wonder how someone (or me) could be so free to blog everyday? The answer lies in WordPress. There is a schedule post option. You could create a post and scheduled it to be published tomorrow while you are at work or next week when you’re on board a plane.
Some people have scheduled posts up to a month but so far I only have scheduled posts for the same week.
Some posts have more visitors than others, those that permanently attract visitors are mostly timeless entries.
What are the timeless entries? Something like ‘How to make money online’ guide posts is timeless, while ‘I made $100 yesterday’ statement post is not. Get the drill?
Some people blog and do not care about their website traffic. They just blog for fun and for personal satisfaction. If that’s the case you can use free blog hosting (like from wordpress.com or blogger.com) and not pay for it.
However, if you do care for your blog, you can use tools to analyze your traffic, like sitemeter.com and Google Analytics.
You’d also care what type of entries that would bring higher traffic (remember timeless entries).
Having a blog brings visitors from all over the world and traffic all the time even, including while you are asleep.
SEO search engine tips
Most often than not, your blog visitors comes from Search Engine instead of a recommendation by word of mouth.
So if you do care of your blog and would like more traffic, you should make your site SEO friendly. SEO is abbreviation for Search Engine Optimatization or making your site easier to be listed in search engines and easier for people to find your site.
This goes a bit technical and you’ll need time to venture into this. However, once you get your blog started, you can then start diving into SEO easily with Google.
Making money is possible
The million dollar question, is always related to money. Does blogging tell me that it is a way to make money?
Yes and no.
Most students and stay home mum blogs actively nowadays and I believe they are getting a hefty sum for their active effort.
Those that blogs professionally or full time has been able to use thier blog and blogs to replace a full time employment as well.
Getting rich or blog to be a millionaire? I don’t think so.
Notable professional bloggers to learn from : JohnChow, DavidRisley and Problogger.
If you are a blogger, please share what knowledge or experience you had so far with me. I will appreciate it very much.