The best beat the rest



2008 has been a year of change in Malaysia and people have certainly been using Google to access information about these changes. The fastest rising searched items documented the rise in popularity of local news portals like Malaysiakini and Malaysia Today.


Politics was also a topic of great interest in Malaysia this year, with searches aimed not only at politicians like Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang, but also significant political events such as this year’s general election. Local car brand Perodua Nautica, Olympic badminton medalist Lee Chong Wei and domestic travel destination Terengganu also figured prominently. Each of these lists shows the fastest rising searches, meaning these were the search terms that saw the largest increase in searches during 2008, as compared to 2007. Take a look below to get sense of the zeitgeist, or spirit of the times, in Malaysia for 2008!

Fastest Rising

  1. malaysiakini
  2. facebook
  3. harakah
  4. tv3
  5. malaysia today
  6. rapidshare
  7. blogspot
  8. youtube
  9. malaysian insider
  10. beijing 2008

Most Popular

  1. youtube
  2. yahoo
  3. friendster
  4. utusan
  5. mp3
  6. google
  7. games
  8. map
  9. lyrics
  10. myspace

Google News local searches

  1. ibiden asia
  2. anwar ibrahim
  3. datuk seri
  4. olympic badminton results
  5. chua soi lek
  6. malaysian election results
  7. malaysia budget 2009
  8. malaysia new cabinet
  9. permatang pauh election
  10. gamuda bhd

Local celebrities

  1. anwar ibrahim
  2. barack obama
  3. lim kit siang
  4. chua soi lek
  5. mahathir mohamad
  6. miley cyrus
  7. lee chong wei
  8. tony pua
  9. hannah montana
  10. siti nurhaliza

Local travel destinations

  1. terengganu
  2. pulau tioman
  3. genting highland
  4. port dickson
  5. melaka
  6. penang
  7. pulau perhentian
  8. bukit tinggi
  9. sunway lagoon
  10. selangor

Car brands

  1. perodua nautica
  2. toyota rush
  3. proton mpv
  4. proton blm
  5. honda city
  6. proton saga
  7. grand livina
  8. honda accord
  9. myvi
  10. honda civic

source: Google zeitgeist 2008
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