Google is getting into the year-end spirit with its annual rankings of the “most searched,” “fastest rising,” and other “hot” terms for 2008. For China, as elsewhere, the general list of most-searched words and phrases, in terms of absolute numbers, is fairly predictable. China’s is primarily made up of domestic Web portals, video-sharing sites, e-commerce and file sharing sites.
More interesting, to us at least, are the ancillary lists (in Chinese here) that highlight rising trends and hot searches. Some of these are unsurprising as well (Sichuan earthquake, Beijing Olympics, milk powder), but others shed some light into the issues that have resonated with China’s Google users (who, overall, tend to be more educated, wealthier and urban than those who use Google’s more popular homegrown rival, Baidu). So here, with links and explanations as needed, are a selection of Google China’s top-tens.