Google recently released its most searched terms of 2006, and C:NET has their run down here.
"Bebo," "Paris Hilton," "MySpace," "World Cup," and a few select others were near the top of the list, and not necessarily in that order.
Yahoo's top 10 peaked with "Britney Spears" at number one, followed shortly by "WWE" -- that would be, "World Wrestling Entertainment."
Yes, it is the likely beginning of the end of civilization as we know it, but what are you going to do?
Meanwhile, back at the Web 2.0 ranch, Richard McManus of Read/Write/Web has kicked off the 2007 Predictions Parade.
His headlines? RSS goes mainstream in 2007...really, it does....Widgets are big big big...The Web Office ramps up as Google and Microsoft duke it out....the consumerization of the enterprise starts to infiltrate corporate IT...we'll see the rise of the vertical search engines, but Google won't go down without a fight....and we'll have a Browser War redux, with IE7 and FireFox duking it out to the bitter end.
I've always been bullish on RSS, and maybe Vista will take it mainstream. But the numbers of RSS users are smallish, and it's mainly we geeks subscribing our lives away. So, we'll see.
I'm a big fan of Widgets, but they have to take up less horsepower on the desktop...I tried both the Google Gadgets and Apple Widgets, and they can become too much of a good thing in a short amount of time...and in any case, Apple's Widgets win by a mile (sorry Larry and Sergey).
I suspect the Web Office battle is for real, but don't rule out Lotus in that fight just yet. I've seen some exciting and innovative stuff going on behind these Big Blue and Yellow Walls.
Consumerization of enterprise IT? Let's hope so. Between not being able to find what you're looking for and whom, and in a timely manner, Web 2.0 technologies could go a long way towards bridging the internal corporate information divide.
Vertical search is a distinct possibility, but I myself am more bullish on enhanced search visualization -- relationships between data and search results that are better visually represented and that show meaningful relationships between results.
And as for a new browser war, big yawn! I've found my horse in Firefox and will continue to ride it across the Web prairie for the immediate near future.
Yee haw, get on little plug-in!