Google has released its annual zeitgeist report, a look at how the world searched in the last year. The zeitgeist is Google’s record of popular search terms and draws on sources like Google Insights for Search and Google Trends. It’s also a reminder that, in addition to tracking you in the usual creepy ways, Google often reveals some interesting data.
The results are predictably disappointing — despite a year’s worth of events, Chatroulette and Apple’s iPad top the list of most popular searches — but the data visualization Google has created is impressive.
Other views include bar graphs of the top search terms by category. When you click on an individual bar, the graph morphs into a timeline.
There’s also a video with some overly-nostalgic music that walks you through the top terms of the year. Check it out: