Based on billions of searches conducted by Google users around the world, it could be argued that Google's 2004 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a quantifiable indicator of the year's major events...

Based on billions of searches conducted by Google users around the world, it could be argued that Google’s 2004 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a quantifiable indicator of the year’s major events and trends.

The most popular guys, Orlando and Eminem, must look on in envy as they see that Britney and Paris are not only the most poplar girls but also the most popular subjects in the world this year.

As if they care but the French came top in the Country search queries in 2004, above China then India then Iraq. Maybe the French popularity was bolstered by the fact that Tour De France was the second Most Popular Sports query. The bike ride was trumped only by footballer David Beckham – his popularity driven, PSFK guesses, by the sport he plays on and off the field.

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