updated 10:50 am EST, Fri December 14, 2007
'iPhone' Google ranking
Search terms involving the iPhone have placed extremely high in Google's 2007 rankings, the company has announced. As a part of its Zeitgeist 2007 report, it notes that "iphone" was the fastest-rising search term of the year, in the US and worldwide, beating out "badoo," "facebook" and numerous other competitors. The term also did reasonably well as one of the most popular news searches of the year, coming in at number six; "american idol," "youtube" and "britney spears" represented the top three.
An ignominious honor came from being the third most-used term associated with "lawsuit," most likely because of several possible results: cases relating to Wi-Fi, toxins, Visual Voicemail and exclusivity are all in progress. The iPhone was beaten only by suits relating to the movie Borat, and VoIP carrier Vonage, who has encountered problems with several major US companies.
The device was not the only Apple product to achieve a high ranking. iTunes remains the most searched-for software related to music, trumping both LimeWire and BitTorrent, the latter two being connected primarily with piracy. Music can, however, legitimately be bought and/or distributed through BitTorrent.