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Formspring Beats iPad In Google UK Zeitgeist 2010 List

A surprising name appeared in the UK version of Google's UK Zeitgeist list of 2010, one that managed to surpass even the mighty Apple iPad.

Formspring is the keyword that was the fastest-rising in the country, second only to Chatroulette. The site is just over a year old and is already in top 500 websites worldwide (and top 350 in the UK).

Like the latter, it is a website with a simple focus, getting answers for questions - something that had been done before by Google and Yahoo.

Other fast rising technology terms in the UK include FB for Facebook, Youtube and, surprise surprise, "Hotmail sign in".

Why so many people look for Hotmail sign in when they could simply type in hotmail.com remains a mystery. Equally mysterious is the lack of anything Yahoo or Myspace, a sign perhaps that these two internet giants have now faded.

You can find more about the other most popular searches of 2010 in the UK here and across the world, together with some nifty tools here.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.