Popular social networking website Facebook was the most searched item on Google in the UK in 2008.


According to results from its annual Zeitgeist report, Facebook was the most searched term ahead of the BBC, YouTube and auction site eBay.


The networking site was the second ‘fastest rising' search term, behind the BBC's iPlayer and ahead of the Apple iPhone, YouTube and Yahoo Mail. The Hadron Collider, which was hacked earlier this year, was the sixth fastest rising term.


Globally, Alaskan governor and Republican vice-president candidate Sarah Palin was the fastest rising search, ahead of the Beijing Olympics, Facebook and Spanish social networking site Tuenti. Late Hollywood actor Heath Ledger, who died in early 2008, was the fifth fastest rising searched item.


Writing on the official Google blog, Marissa Mayer, vice-president of search at Google, said: “Social networks comprised four out of the top 10 global fastest-rising queries while the US election held everyone's interest around the globe.”