Top searches of 2008

Google's annual Zeitgeist is out.

When gas prices started getting out of control this summer, Americans showed their frustration through their queries for hybrid cars. Other green searches included solar panels and compact fluorescent bulbs.

The economy was also at the top of people's concerns. Searches for economic terms spiked in the U.S. while the Dow plummeted and financial firms started collapsing.

1. financial crisis

2. depression

3. bailout

4. mortgage crisis

5. wall street

6. oil

7. stock market

8. subprime

9. credit crisis

10. housing crisis

Social networks were also big in 2008. Facebook surpassed MySpace as the number one destination, and International social networks also came to the fore. More than half of the top queried social networks were for sites outside the U.S.

Social Networks Sought

1. facebook

2. myspace

3. hi5

4. orkut

5. linkedin

6. nasza klasa

7. netlog

8. mixi

9. meetup

10. odnoklassniki

You'll find a ton of other interesting lists to look over at Google's 2008 Zeitgeist page. Looking back, it would be an understatement to say that 2008 was a historic year. We watched Michael Phelps and Dara Torres make history in Beijing and Barack Obama took center stage with his historic and inspiring victory. But all the while, the economy started melting down, setting off a global crisis.

In January we start anew, and while you never what a new year will bring, it's going to be tough for 2009 to compete with all the history we just crammed into the last 12 months.

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