Google Zeitgeist released list of hot searches for this year with Rebecca Black, the young teen songster who became a YouTube sensation with her solo song “Friday.” Though declared “the worst song ever” by critics, it gained tremendous attention and caused searches by more than 10,000% over the past year.
“Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, who died in a car crash in June, was the third-hottest search, while Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who died in October, stood at ninth. Though Jobs was already well-known, searches for him rose this year after his death.
This was Zeitgeist’s 11th year when they released their annual search ranking. Google’s analysis of search trends is broken down by country and region. The report is then prepared with interactive images and detailed infographics.
It was also a big year for technology. Google+ social network was second on the list. Video game “Battlefield 3” was fifth on the list, while iPad 2 was ranked 10th. Another surprise entry was Apple?s iPhone 5 that did not even exist. Later it was released as iPhone 4S. Singer Adele, Japan’s damaged Fukushima power plant, and acquitted murder suspect Casey Anthony also found a place in top 10.
There were losers too. Myspace lost its initial charm and is becoming unpopular. Delta Airlines, Chinese Web services Baidu, and the Spanish-language search “Hotmail correo” are the other major losers this year.
Google’s Amit Singhal wrote on the company?s official blog: “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.”