What is Zeitgeist? It's Google's search trends by month / by year. What's hot, what's not kind of thing, split by country.
(Just a side note here - I'm putting these definitions in, because I have this funny feeling that the "blogosphere" can be fairly intimidating to new users. 2 years ago - I wouldn't have had a CLUE what Zeitgeist was. And I've seen a lot of blogs just slapping theses results down as if it's common knowledge and needs no explanation. There we go. Humanitarian blogging!)
As for the South African results - obviously November is the latest they've released... Shows interesting cultural trends though. We're a lot less concerned, at the moment, with things like celebrities and social media - and more concerned with banking and cellphones. A developing economy indeed! Kudos to us.
From the press release:
Zeitgeist Explained: zeit·geist Pronunciation: 'tsIt-"gIst, 'zIt Function: noun Etymology: German, from Zeit (time) + Geist (spirit) Date: 1884 Meaning: the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era.
And the results...
Google.com - Top Searches in 2006
3. world cup
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
South Africa - Popular Queries: November 2006
2. mango airlines
6. standard bank
10. paris hilton
13. britney spears