Zeitgeist ( ) is originally a German expression that means "the spirit (Geist) of the time (Zeit)". It denotes the intellectual and cultural climate of an era.
Google has just published Zeitgeist 2006, the ultimate list of what was hot in 2006 as judged by the most Google searches. The top news stories searced for in 2006 were:
Google News - Top Searches in 2006
1. paris hilton
2. orlando bloom
5. hurricane katrina
7. martina hingis
9. 2006 nfl draft
10. celebrity big brother 2006
while the top google searches were:
|Google.com - Top Searches in 2006|
| 1. bebo|
3. world cup
It's full of interesting stuff about the top searches right now, and also this interesting graph listing the searches for certian US politicians.