Right after my earlier post today on top search terms of 2009, I saw that Google had just released their Zeitgeist 2009. While it's difficult to do an apples-to-apples comparison with Yahoo and Bing, the Fastest Rising List gives a taste:
- michael jackson
- new moon
- lady gaga
- windows 7
- torpedo gratis
And, yes, MJ tops this list, too! :)
However, what piqued my interest the most in Google's Zeitgeist this year are the Turkish entries, namely:
Sanalika, #5 in Fastest Rising
Sahadan, #4 in Fastest Rising in Sports.
Mind you, these are Global lists...
Sahadan is a Turkish sports news website, and to me, it's the less surprising of the two. It's a solid property, a long-time resident of the Turkish Alexa 100, and given the level of interest in football in Turkey, a top Turkish site is not a far-fetched entry in the Google list. Also notable is the fact that it's ranked above Livescore.
Sanalika, however,is a different story. Ranking 375th in Alexa's Turkey rankings, it's a virtual world similar to IMVU or Popmundo. It has not made much of an impact in the Turkish internet scene so far, so I had to doublecheck when I saw its name on the Google list.
I still suspect Sanalika's inclusion on the list may be a quirk of the methodology used. Curious...
Also, note KralOyun, a Turkish game portal, #6 in the Fastest Falling list.