What did Indians search in 2007? Google Zeitgeist says Orkut!

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As per Google’s zeitgeist, the top 3 searches from India in 2007 were Orkut, YouTube and Gmail (though there is no official list in Zeitgeist site, but the list was confirmed by CNN/IBN which had an official from Google India to discuss the online search behavior of Indians.)

Top political search was Mahatma Gandhi and sports person to top the list was Sania Mirza.

Before you take the list seriously, here are a couple of stupid trends that I have noticed at Google Zeitgeist (number in brackets denote the rank of that query)

  • June 2007: BobMarley (15), coconut (13), dhoom3 (14), 3gp player (15)
  • August 2007, the top queries were fanaa (1), voldemort (3), las vegas (4),puma (6), crazy frog (15)
  • September 2007: charminar(1), modular kitchen (5), kanpur (7), jodhpur (8), winnie the pooh (14)
  • October 2007: zapak games (1), italy (7), matheran (11), kuch kuch hota ha i(12),incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in (14)
  • November 2007: bank of maharashtra(1), easymovies(2), financial express(13), logitech(14)

You mean – Bob Marley was one of the top queries in June? Fanaa, after few years of it’s release makes it to #1 search query? And a small hill station (matheran) makes it big in Google search? And why coconut?

Is this what India really searches for? And why is it that Orkut is not the top search query in any of the monthly zeitgeist, but makes it to #1 in the yearly list? I have noticed these erratic results earlier and stopped giving any weightage to zeitgeist data (maybe they actually have pigeons to mine this data?).

I am not too sure whether the 2007 announcement is actually a plug to get some free PR. Why Google doesn’t have the list in zeitgeist site?, and instead used TV route to share these stats (Tech2 has the entire list)?

I dunno the answer. Do you?

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