8 Ways to Make the Most Out of Google Wave

Although the stats show that it was Michael Jackson who kicked everyone’s butts in 2009, I insist that the real star of the year was Google Wave. Yup. Love it or hate it, you gotta have at least once thought that “dude, my ears are being Waved off.”

Me? I’m guilty of over-hyping. But I can’t help it. I love Google Wave. Why wouldn’t I love it? It’s a brilliant idea, it’s brilliantly done, and it’s from Google, my favorite word in the world. I am always a little annoyed when people ask me, with a very condemnatory tone: What the hell can we do with Wave?

But what can you do with Wave? Oh, let me count the ways…

1. Stop fighting over what/where to eat.

If your lunch mates are a pain in the behind...

If your lunch mates are a pain in the behind...

If your lunch group is like mine, you’re really going to enjoy this. Suggest a lunch venue, say yes, or no, or neutral, and Lunchy does the math for you. No more arguing. No more problems. Life is solved with statistics. Again. Hurray for statistical democracy. Get Lunchy, lunch-time decider for Wave.

Seven Things We Now Know From 2009’s Search Results

Although 2009 is almost one month short of being over, Google has already published its yearly Zeitgeist, charting the year’s most popular searches, and subsequently charting the mindset of the world, as reflected digitally. Naturally, Yahoo and Bing followed suite.

It probably doesn’t come off as a surprise that Michael Jackson is the world’s biggest winner in 2009, even when it comes to search engine queries. He topped the internet charts with no competition, and even archenemies Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo agree together on that. Not to risk sounding insensitive, but death was definitely Michael’s best career move.

Aside from the King of Pop (as well as King of Search, apparently), the three search engine giants do not agree on the rest of 2009’s most popular search queries.

How do their lists compare? And what does it say about their users?

Legend:
Red: Pop Culture
Blue: Social Media

Google‘s Year-End Zeitgeist List:

Google Search Query Breakdown

Google Search Query Breakdown

  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Facebook
  3. Tuenti
  4. Twitter
  5. Sanalika
  6. New Moon
  7. Lady Gaga
  8. Windows 7
  9. Dantri.com.vn
  10. Torpedo gratis

(Sanalika is a Turkish Second Life with a network, Dantri is a Vietnamese news site, and Torpedo Gratis is an online SMS service in Brazil).

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