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Google Zeitgeist : Apple iPad & iPhone 4 Are Fastest Rising Tech Terms

Apple's impact on the world of technology is illustrated by the fact that the iPad and the iPhone 4 are the two fastest rising terms in technology according to Google's official Zeitgeist 2010 list.

Ominously, all but one of the ten terms refer to mobile phones - the Nokia 5530. the HTC Evo 4G, the Nokia 900 and Blackberry Apps, Duracell Mygrid, Otterbox and PDAnet - refer to mobile phone technologies.

This is not surprising as Google says that mobile technology has been one of the most recurring themes in the news section.

As reported a few days ago, the iPad has already surpassed the iPhone 4 as UK's most searched Apple product and will be the biggest search term in December as people flock to buy Apple's tablet.

As for Chatroulette, the fastest rising search term in 2010 according to Google, is likely to fade away very rapidly in 2011 according to Google's own Trending system (opens in new tab).

To Apple's credit, the iPad first spiked in January 2010 before falling down and rebounding in April; search queries for "ipad" has been rising ever since and is even ahead of Twitter and Facebook.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.