Whitney Houston, Gangnam Style, Hurricane Sandy Top Google Searches in 2012
Other popular searches included iPad3, Kate Middleton and Olympics 2012, according to Google's annual list of the most popular global searches.Whitney Houston's volatile personal life and her tragic death in February topped the list of Google searches in 2012, both globally and in the United States, according to Google's Annual Zeitgeist most-popular searches list. "As 2012 comes to a close, it's time for our 12th annual Year-End Zeitgeist—an in-depth look at the 'spirit of the times' as seen through the billions of searches on Google over the past year," Amit Singhal, a Google Fellow and senior vice president, wrote in a Dec. 12 post on the Google Official Blog. "On our 2012 Zeitgeist Website, you can explore the most popular and hottest-trending search terms from around the world. This year's site is our most global to date, with a total of 838 lists from 55 countries." Coming in at number two in the global searches list was the Gangnam Style dance popularized by YouTube sensation PSY, followed by Hurricane Sandy at number three, iPad3 at number four and video game Diablo 3 in the number-five spot. Google has added several new features to the Zeitgeist list this time, including an interactive map that shows where and when some of the hottest terms spiked around the world, according to Singhal. A Google Zeitgeist Android app is also being released, with an iOS version coming soon.
The Google Zeitgeist list was quite different in 2011, when one-hit Web wonder Rebecca Black, who sang the song, "Friday," ranked first, followed by searches about Google's then-new Google+ service. Actor Ryan Dunn, the "Jackass" TV show star who was killed in an auto accident in June 2011, ranked third on that list, followed by Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, in fourth. The top five last year was rounded out by the release of the first-person shooter video game, Battlefield 3.