So here's the global list of Fastest Rising searches for 2008:
1. sarah palin
2. beijing 2008
3. facebook login
5. heath ledger
7. nasza klasa
8. wer kennt wen
9. euro 2008
10. jonas brothers
Many of these, at first glance, seem obvious. Sarah Palin may not have been on the winning ticket in November, but she was a new phenomenon -- so people looked her up far more than they did Mr. Obama, who came in sixth.
Sports scored big; note the Olympics (No. 2) and Euro 2008 (a soccer tournament, not the currency, at No. 9).
That's just fine -- but what's with (4) "tuenti," or (7) "nasza klasa," or (8) "wer kennt wen"? The clue is search No. 3 -- "facebook login." Four of the ten hottest new searches were for social networking sites -- in the U.S., Spain, Poland and Germany, respectively.
Poke around Google's list, which you'll find HERE, and do yourself the favor, if you can decipher the languages, of looking at different countries. You'll find it's a small world after all -- "iPhone" is big in one country after another, and Palin is No. 9 even in Australia.
But the Google folks got a kick out of "Jozin Z Bazin," a viral VIDEO that became the fifth-hottest seach in Poland. The title roughly translates to "Joe of the Swamp," recorded in 1978 -- and apologies if you listen, and get the tune stuck in your head for the rest of the week.