The young ruled in the Indian cyberspace in 2009 with Rahul Gandhi emerging as the most popular politician and Bollywood star Katrina Kaif the most popular celebrity, according to a Google India survey.
The new survey - The Google 'Zeitgiest' (Spirit of the times) 2009, based on Google India search queries in a reflection of what Indians were searching throughout the year found that tennis star Sania Mirza held the top position in popular sportspersons category for the third year in a row.
The Saif Ali Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer Love Aaj Kaal was the most searched movie, the survey, which was released today, said.
The results, based on study of aggregation of billions of queries people typed into Google search in 2009, showed that global economic downturn and local implications were clearly on India's mind as 'Budget 2009' and 'Satyam share price' emerged as the fastest rising queries.
Young politicians like Congress leaders Rahul and Sachin Pilot made their mark among the netizens. Rahul was the most searched politician in India, his grandmother and late prime minister Indira Gandhi was at the second position.
At the third spot was Pilot, followed by Sarah Palin, P Chidambaram, Mayawati, Barack Obama, Sonia Gandhi, Rajesh Pilot and Maneka Gandhi. Interestingly, Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate for the 2008 elections in America, was searched more than Obama, the US President.