Podcasting, social networks, read/write Web, and video dominate Google's '06 Zeitgeist

Summary:Per Google's 2006 Zeitgeist:"podcasting" was the 4th most popular Google News search of the year; "Bebo" and "MySpace" were the #1 and #2 most popular Web searches;"Metacafe" and "video" were the #4 and #7 most popular Web searches; "Wikipedia" and "wiki" were the #6 and #10 most popular Web searches; and"Radioblog" was the #5 most popular Web search.

Per Google's 2006 Zeitgeist:

  • "podcasting" was the 4th most popular Google News search of the year;
  • "Bebo" and "MySpace" were the #1 and #2 most popular Web searches;
  • "Metacafe" and "video" were the #4 and #7 most popular Web searches;
  • "Wikipedia" and "wiki" were the #6 and #10 most popular Web searches; and
  • "Radioblog" was the #5 most popular Web search.

To me these stats tell the tale of a watershed year for creating, listening to, viewing, and otherwise relying on independent and user generated media, further end-to-end participation through blogs and wikis, and enhancing social interactions online. 

Peer-to-peer, neither gone nor forgotten, has merely shifted to the torrenting arena with Mininova #9 in Web searches.  (Contrast '01, when Napster and Gnutella were on the wane and Kazaa on the rise).

Topics: Google

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