Google releases most popular Irish searches for 2010

9 Dec 2010

Google released its annual Zeitgeist, providing Ireland’s most popular web searches for 2010, which included Chatroulette, Cee Lo Green, the Eurovision and FIFA 11.

The most popular search in Ireland was for Facebook, proving that the social network has a lot of strength in the country. Second was YouTube and in third came Hotmail.

The fastest-rising search in 2010 was for Chatroulette, the chat site which randomly connects users via one-on-one video chat with strangers. It had a huge rise in popularity in 2010 and faced notoriety for its “exhibitionist” nature.

Following Chatroulette were searches for Gmail and Hotmail. Glee was the fastest-rising search term for a US television show.

TV3 Player, referencing TV3’s video-on-demand service, came sixth, and Gerry Ryan came eighth, possibly fuelled by the untimely death of the presenter this year.


The fastest-rising music search was Cee Lo Green, possibly encouraged by his single ‘F**k You’, which became a viral hit. It currently has more than 29 million hits on YouTube.

‘Eminem Recovery’ came second, referencing Eminem’s comeback album called ‘Recovery’.

Irish Google searchers still love the Eurovision, as seen by ‘Eurovision 2010’ coming third in the fastest-rising music searches.


Coming second after Gerry Ryan in fastest-rising searches for people was pop star Justin Bieber, suggesting that Bieber fever has hit Irish shores.

Footballer Wayne Rooney came third and novelty act Jedward was fourth.

X Factor judge Cheryl Cole came eighth and US singer Miley Cyrus came 10th.


The list included Chatroulette as entertainment, seeing it coming first in this list of fastest-rising searches.

In spite of its cancellation this year, Big Brother 2010 was the second fastest-rising entertainment search. In third was Glee.

Iron Man 2 was the fastest-rising movie search, coming in ninth on the list.


Fifa 11 was the fastest-rising sport search, referencing the game of the same title.

The Galway Races 2010 came second. People seemed to be keeping tabs of golf, with ‘ryder cup update’ coming in third on the list.

The Aviva Stadium came seventh and the World Cup 2010 came ninth.


Globally, Chatroulette was the fastest-rising search term, sparking curiosity around the world.

The iPad was the second most-searched for term and Justin Bieber was third.

Twitter was the eighth most search for term worldwide, with Facebook coming in 10th.

Here’s a full list of all the fastest-rising searches for 2010 in Ireland:

  1. chatroulette
  2. gmail
  3. hotmail
  4. glee
  5. fb
  6. tv3 player
  7. world cup 2010
  8. gerry ryan
  9. rte player

Fastest-rising music

  1. Cee Lo Green
  2. Eminem Recovery
  3. Eurovision 2010
  4. professor green
  5. V Festival 2010
  6. glee
  7. Niamh Kavanagh
  8. oxegen 2010
  9. Fireflies lyrics
  10. Justin Bieber

Fastest-rising people

  1. gerry ryan
  2. Justin bieber
  3. wayne rooney
  4. jedward
  5. katy perry
  6. Michael buble
  7. kim kardashian
  8. Cheryl cole
  9. paolo nutini
  10. miley cyrus

Fastest-rising entertainment

  1. chatroulette
  2. Big Brother 2010
  3. Glee
  4. Justin Bieber
  5. TV3 Player
  6. 4od
  7. RTE player
  8. Odeon
  9. Iron Man 2
  10. ITV player

Fastest-rising sport

  1. Fifa 11
  2. Galway Races 2010
  3. ryder Cup update
  4. Grand National 2010
  5. Vancouver 2010
  6. Wimbledon 2010
  7. Aviva Stadium
  8. Winter Olympics
  9. World Cup 2010
  10. Blackpool FC

Ireland most popular

  1. facebook
  2. youtube
  3. hotmail
  4. bebo
  5. games
  6. google
  7. bbc
  8. gmail
  9. mail
  10. news

Global fastest-rising for 2010

  1. Chatroulette
  2. Ipad
  3. justin bieber
  4. nicki minaj
  5. friv
  6. myxer
  7. katy perry
  8. twitter
  9. gamezer
  10. facebook