Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet, we count down another
hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt.
Time to check the zeitgeist of the world.
We looked into Google's search records at google.com/insights/search to
see what the fastest rising search terms were worldwide over the past
Let's count 'em down.
At No. 5, Windows 7. Yes. It's not just us geeks. The entire world is
talking about Windows 7. And searching for it. And trying to make
sense of the 6 million versions of it. Confusion doth breed popularity.
Coming in at No. 4, Facebook.com. This is one of those things where
people type the address into Google as if it were the address bar of
their browser. But--yay! Facebook is winning among the people who
don't know how to use browsers!
Up to No. 3, Fanatik. Another search term that is 100 percent Turkish,
according to the Google data. From what I gather it's a Turkish sports
news site, and apparently it's on the rise.
Sliding in at No. 2, Harry Potter. The movie Harry Potter and the Half-
Blood Prince came out this summer, obviously spiking interest. Look for
this term to spike again around November 2010 when Deathly Hallows part
one comes out.
Before we get to No. 1, time for another lame prize. Fanatik got me
thinking about Turkish sports. Obviously Soccer is the most popular
sport in Turkey. But traditionally, what is Turkey's national sport,
dating back to Ottoman Times.
Post your answer at the post for this top 5 on our blog at
And you could take home this necklace of Footballs!
All right. Let's get to our No. 1. The fastest rising search term of
the summer, according to Google.
At No. 1, it's...
Michael Jackson. Our last Top 5 search terms episode was recorded just
before Jackson's passing and he didn't make the list. But three months
later the love for the King of Pop keeps on coming strong. You're
Well That's it for this edition of CNET Top 5.
Don't forget to answer our lame prize question for a chance to win the
necklace of Champions!
I'm Tom Merritt. See you next time.