Google and Facebook are probably the two fastest growing sites in the world. Google is a well-known and established search engine, but it also has its hands in almost every other industry. Facebook is a unique social networking site that has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years.

Google was initially founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the geniuses behind it all, while studying at Stanford University. The company first registered their domain name on September 4, 1998. They made an investment of over a million and have since grown to become the largest site on the Internet, now worth billions.

Facebook has also grown at tremendous speed, it has more than 120 million active users worldwide. The site connects friends and old-school friends, as well as allowing webmasters to create apps that can be uploaded to the site. The founder was a Harvard University student named Mark Zuckerberg. On October 24, 2007, Facebook Inc. sold a 1.6% stake to Microsoft Corp. for $240 million. Mark Zuckerberg is also now said to be the youngest self-made millionaire in history.

This brings us to the current date and the current top searches being performed on Google. You would have thought that with the overwhelming popularity of Facebook and its platform, users don’t need and don’t really need to search for it, but Facebook is the number one searched keyword on Google in 2008.

Ten most popular search terms

1) Facebook

2) BBC

3) YouTube

4) eBay

5) Games

6) News

7) Hotmail

8) Baby

9) yahoo

10) Jobs

Ten fastest growing search terms

1) player

2) Facebook

3) iPhone

4) YouTube

5) Yahoo Mail

6) Large Hadron Collider

7) Obama

8) Friv

9) Cam4

10) Games

The ten most wanted politicians

1) Gordon Brown

2) David Cameron

3) Barack Obama

4) Tony Blair

5) Sarah Palin

6) John McCain

7) George Osborne

8) Dear Alistair

9) Boris Johnson

10) Nicholas Sarkozy

As you can see from the above, the second most popular term is BBC, which in all honesty also has the fastest growing search term due to the launch of the innovative iPlayer which launched earlier in the year.

Ultimately, this just goes to show how popular Google is and will be for the foreseeable future. No one bookmarks the sites they visit or types the URL anymore, they go to Google and type the search term because they trust Google to give them the best possible results and that Google never stops.

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