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2011: The Top Google Searches of the Year

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What did we search for in 2011? Google's Zeitgeist, an annually released compendium of the most popular searches in a variety of categories, shows us what millions of people all over the world were looking up on the Web, from celebrity news to sports stars to world-changing events. Take a look back at 2011 with this overview of Google's comprehensive offering of what the world was searching for.

1. Fastest Rising Searches Worldwide

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Worldwide, more people were searching for Rebecca Black, the young singer of one of the most unlikely pop hits ever to come along, than anything else. We were also looking up information about Google+, the infamous Casey Anthony, the incredibly popular Battlefield 3, and singer Adele. The passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs also inspired an unheard number of worldwide Google searches.
  1. Rebecca Black
  2. Google Plus
  3. Ryan Dunn
  4. Casey Anthony
  5. Battlefield 3
  6. iPhone 5
  7. Adele
  8. Tokyo Electric Power Company
  9. Steve Jobs
  10. iPad 2

2. Popular U.S. Political Searches

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This year has been an interesting one for the U.S. political scene, what with the next presidential election looming right around the corner. Herman Cain dominated the search landscape with allegations of inappropriate conduct, Rep. Giffords came in at a close second with her amazing saga of survival, and the Obama Jobs Plan rounded out at third place since the economy continues to be a topic everyone is thinking about.
  1. Herman Cain
  2. Rep. Giffords
  3. Obama Jobs Plan
  4. Dominique Strauss-Kahn
  5. Cheri Daniels
  6. Issue 2
  7. Huma Abedin
  8. Rick Perry
  9. Wisconsin News
  10. 2012 Republican Candidates

3. Global Entertainment Searches

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Whether you think the song "Friday" is annoying or not, it didn't stop Rebecca Black from being the number one top searched for query for Google entertainment searches. The death of singer Amy Winehouse was also in the top ten, as well as the fairy tale wedding of Kim Kardashian, Disney Junior, and searches for the lyrics to popular songs.
  1. Rebecca Black
  2. Ryan Dunn Dead
  3. Price Tag Lyrics
  4. Amy Winehouse Death
  5. Super Bass Lyrics
  6. Crazy Stupid Love
  7. Disney Junior
  8. Kim Kardashian Wedding
  9. The Lazy Song
  10. Rihanna Man Down

4. Top News Searches

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The tragic earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan were at the top of many Google News searches this past year. Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi also made the list, as did Salvatore Parolisi, Melanie Rea, and the iPhone 4S.
  1. Fukushima
  2. iPhone 4s
  3. Melanie Rea
  4. Salvatore Parolisi
  5. Lamberto Sposini
  6. Battlefield 3
  7. DSK
  8. iPhone 5
  9. Gaddafi
  10. Libya

5. Most Popular Searches in Sports

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Searches for the legendary match-up of Mayweather and Ortiz dominated the sports search charts. Other popular searches included Dan Wheldon, Troy Davis, and Hope Solo.
  1. Mayweather vs. Ortiz
  2. Soccerstar
  3. Dan Wheldon
  4. UFC Rio
  5. Marco Simoncelli
  6. Troy Davis
  7. India vs. England
  8. Nadeshiko Japan (Japanese Women's Soccer)
  9. Hope Solo
  10. Pacquiao vs Mosley

6. Top People Searches

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There were quite a few fascinating people that topped the Google search charts this year. The criminal trial of accused killer Casey Anthony was on a lot of people's minds, as were the deaths of Steve Jobs and Amy Winehouse. The royal wedding made the top ten list as well, putting the spotlight on sisters Pippa Middleton and Kate Middleton.
  1. Rebecca Black
  2. Ryan Dunn
  3. Pippa Middleton
  4. Casey Anthony
  5. Adele
  6. Steve Jobs
  7. Amy Winehouse
  8. Osama Bin Laden
  9. Charlie Sheen
  10. Kate Middleton

7. Most Searched For Movies

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Who doesn't love going to the movies? Searches for movies, movie times, or movie information is always incredibly popular on Google's search lists, and this year was no exception. Queries for Star Wars and Batman topped the charts, with Tron Legacy, Superman, and Breaking Dawn coming in right on their heels.
  1. Star Wars
  2. Batman Arkham City
  3. Transformers 3
  4. Breaking Dawn
  5. Tron Legacy
  6. Superman
  7. Fast and Furious
  8. True Grit
  9. Scream 4
  10. The Avengers

8. Consumer Electronics Searches

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A lot of really groundbreaking electronic devices came out this year. Searches for Amazon's Kindle Fire, the iPhone 4s, and the Sidekick 4g were extremely popular.
  1. Amazon Kindle Fire
  2. iPhone 4s
  3. Sidekick 4g
  4. HP Touchpad
  5. 5pd Shell 3D
  6. Ipad 2
  7. HTT Sensation
  8. Samsung Nexus Prime
  9. Sony NGP
  10. Ipad 3

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