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Top Google search terms for 2010: Chatroulette beats Justin Bieber

Tech terms such as 'iPad' and 'iPhone 4' dominated the most popular Google search terms, with 'Justin Bieber' and 'Glee' making a strong showing, too. But what's Chatroulette?

Singer Justin Bieber was one of the top Google search terms in 2010.

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Each December, researchers at Google pore through the millions and millions of search terms that people used over the course of the year to get a sense of the Zeitgeist, German for “spirit of the times.”

“This year, the spirit is pretty clear,” said Anne Espiritu, anchor of “The Google Beat" on YouTube. “Geek is chic.”

Technology-related terms dominated the most-popular and fastest-rising search terms this year, with Apple’s iPad leading the pack as the number one search term. Runners-up included Chatroulette, a website that pairs random strangers for webcam-based conversations, and the iconic iPhone 4.

Where you have winners, you also have losers. The Google Zeitgeist 2010 concluded that the search term loss leaders in interest were swine flu, wamu, and cash for clunkers.


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