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Google's Zeitgeist Reveals What You Searched For in 2011

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What have we been searching for in 2011?

It's that time of year, again, folks. The time when companies around the world start compiling top lists based on the trends of 2011. As is tradition, search giant Google has released its top search terms for the year, revealing just what its users have spent the last 12 months looking for.

The company's overall top 10 list features Rebecca Black at number one, with Google Plus, Ryan Dunn, Casey Anthony and Battlefield 3 rounding out the top five. iPhone 5 (which turned out to be the iPhone 4S) took sixth place, while British singer Adele, 東京 電力, Steve Jobs and iPad 2 placing 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, respectively. Interestingly, 東京 電力 (TEPCO, owners of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant), was the first non-Latin term to make it to the global fastest-rising list.

"When looking at the data, it is fascinating to see the cultural fads and trends that took over the globe, from cupcakes (making top food lists in over a dozen countries) to the Dukan diet and high-profile weddings, but Google was used for much more than staying up to date on the sisters Middleton and Kardashian," writes Google Fellow Amit Singhal.

"From local celebrities in Finland to Singaporeans looking for news on the revolutions in Egypt and Libya half a world away, people turned to Google to learn more about what was happening on the world stage. It wasn’t just the man-made moments that topped the charts this year, but also the natural disasters that literally shook the world, from Hurricane Irene in the U.S. to the earthquakes in Christchurch and Japan."

Google's 11th annual Zeitgeist covers a variety of different top 10 lists, including fastest rising, fastest falling, fastest rising on Google Maps, and fastest rising on Google News. The company's top 10 fastest rising consumer electronics were Amazon's Kindle Fire (#1), iPhone 4S (#2), Sidekick 4G (#3), Hp TouchPad (#4), Spb Shell 3D (#5), iPad 2 (#6), HTC Sensation (#7), Samsung Nexus Prime (#8), Sony Ngp (#9), and iPad 3 (#10).  

Check out the full Google Zeitgeist 2011 here for infographics, top searches by country, and more. Mountain View has also released a video overview of the search terms that captivated the world this year. Check it out:

Google Zeitgeist 2011: Year in Review

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    eklipz330 , December 18, 2011 7:03 PM
    "The company's overall top 10 list features Rebecca Black at number one"

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    nebun , December 18, 2011 8:16 PM
    who is this Rebecca Black?
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    gtx_560tiuser , December 18, 2011 7:51 PM
    what there is no porn?! millions search porn everyday ...includeing me
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  • 36 Hide
    eklipz330 , December 18, 2011 7:03 PM
    "The company's overall top 10 list features Rebecca Black at number one"

  • 8 Hide
    mightymaxio , December 18, 2011 7:16 PM
    That made my day eklipz330 thank you :)  lol
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    xerroz , December 18, 2011 7:18 PM
    I bet Google+ was implemented in the top 10 by google
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    liquidchild , December 18, 2011 7:35 PM
    I'm pretty sure i single-handedly put "big butt latinas" on that list.
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    Anonymous , December 18, 2011 7:35 PM
    These are never true. They don't informance about erotic and sexual etc. words. Those are always top searches. Also date site and stuff like that. False truth to people again.
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    Novulux , December 18, 2011 7:46 PM
    Number one image search in US is planking. I still don't know how that started
  • 12 Hide
    gtx_560tiuser , December 18, 2011 7:51 PM
    what there is no porn?! millions search porn everyday ...includeing me
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    Anonymous , December 18, 2011 8:13 PM
    #1 fastest falling: MySpace. Now only if it'd included FaceBook...
  • 23 Hide
    nebun , December 18, 2011 8:16 PM
    who is this Rebecca Black?
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    josejones , December 18, 2011 8:18 PM
    LOL, at first I though they were talking about that fantastic movie, Zeitgeist Part 1:

    Zeitgeist Part 1 & the Supportive Evidence (with the video)

    The New ZEITGEIST Part 1 Sourcebook (2010)

    Rebuttal to Dr. Chris Forbes concerning 'Zeitgeist, Part 1'

    Good stuff!
  • 0 Hide
    sa1nt , December 18, 2011 9:47 PM
    nothing highlights important thing than cheesy music... Really does movie maker comes bundled with that music now?
  • 4 Hide
    madooo12 , December 18, 2011 10:04 PM
    nebunwho is this Rebecca Black?

    another justin beiber who is two years younger than me but thousands of times richer, i just don't know why???
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    applegetsmelaid , December 18, 2011 10:13 PM
    Wow, and I thought I was the only one searching for 東京 電力 everyday.
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    del35 , December 18, 2011 10:22 PM
    The list is a good reminder of the dire mental state of the masses. Imagine how dumb one must be to search for iCrap products when they are constantly thrown in your face by the MSM.
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    tramit , December 18, 2011 11:34 PM
    del35The list is a good reminder of the dire mental state of the masses. Imagine how dumb one must be to search for iCrap products when they are constantly thrown in your face by the MSM.


    Arrogant Apple user or not, your arrogance is just as bad. You sound like you are above everyone just because you don't search "iCrap" up on Google. Get over yourself. Intelligence is not based on what material possessions one may own.
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    del35 , December 19, 2011 12:09 AM
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    Who is this Rebecca Black?


    Never heard of the wench either. It is almost as bad as looking at a Steve Jobs picture.
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    Xatos , December 19, 2011 12:47 AM
    Zeitgiest was crap, and so is this article.
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    alidan , December 19, 2011 1:12 AM
    gtx_560tiuserwhat there is no porn?! millions search porn everyday ...includeing me


    because most people only search google for porn a few times, i can say that i have not once knowenly searched for porn on google in the last 5 years (granted i have searched porn actresses names, not knowing they were porn actresses)

    we tend to find out little areas of the internet and get our porn form those places. or we build a collection so massive that if you looked at it from beginning to end, and stared over at the beginning, you wouldn't remember any of it.

    tramitArrogant Apple user or not, your arrogance is just as bad. You sound like you are above everyone just because you don't search "iCrap" up on Google. Get over yourself. Intelligence is not based on what material possessions one may own.


    if you see a billy bass on someones wall, do you think exactly the same of them from before you knew they had one?

    there is a correlation between what you have and how people precieve you. if you have money to afford nice things, but chose to buy lesser, that says things about you weather you like it or not.
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    edwinjr , December 19, 2011 1:39 AM
    nebunwho is this Rebecca Black?

    I don't know.
    Now i'm watching her on youtube.
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    lightbulbsocket , December 19, 2011 1:40 AM
    madooo12another justin beiber who is two years younger than me but thousands of times richer, i just don't know why???


    Because the economy hasn't gotten so bad yet the 10 year old girls are no longer getting allowances.
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