What The World Searched Most In 2012

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Another day, another 2012 year in review post. However, this is the one that we’ve all been waiting for – Zeitgeist. Every year Google sums up the most popular search terms and puts together the Google Zeitgeist – a definitive look into what happened in 2012. This is the 12th year for the Google Zeitgeist – fitting that it was announced on 12/12/12 – and to no surprise is an incredible walk down memory lane. This year’s Google Zeitgeist took a look at over 1.2 billion searches across 146 to come up with the complete year in review video.

So what were the most popular search terms in 2012? (You can also just jump below to the Google Zeitgeist 2012 video)

Whitney Houston took the world by storm this year with her unexpected death. YouTube sensation PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ landed him the #1 spot in many countries as well. And then there were the 2012 Olympics, Australian skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s death defying free fall from space and of course breakout NBA player Jeremy Lin- Linsanity! On a slightly more serious note, searches for SOPA and ACTA, the 2012 Presidential election and Hurricane Sandy also topped many lists in 2012. Check out the great video from Google Zeitgeist or the websiteand explore what the world searched for in 2012.

Here is a little more information on Zeitgeist 2012 from the Google blog post.

“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. We’ve also added a number of new features, including an interactive map that shows where and when some of the hottest terms spiked around the world, and a Google Zeitgeist Android app coming out later today (with an iOS version coming soon too).”

Where there any surprises on the Google Zeitgeist video? Did you think Google missed any major current events in defining what happened in 2012?

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