Whitney Houston “World’s Most Googled” in 2012

December 13th, 2012 at 10:01 am

The life and tragic death of Whitney Houston last February was the most-searched topic on Google in 2012, both globally and in the United States.

Second on the global searches list is “Gangnam Style,” the song popularized by South Korean rapper PSY that became viral on YouTube. The list is followed by Hurricane Sandy, iPad3, and video game Diablo 3 in that order.

Google has been compiling in-depth lists of the most-popular searches from different countries around the world since 2000, publishing them as the annual Year-End Zeitgeist. This year’s Zeitgeist is the most expansive to date, with 838 lists from 55 countries.

New features have been added to the Zeitgeist list this year, adding an interactive map that displays where and when some of the hottest topics spiked around the world. The list also becomes available in a just-released Google Zeitgeist Android app, with an iOS version coming soon.

Rounding out the top 10 global searches for 2012, from sixth onward, are Kate Middleton; the 2012 London Olympics; Amanda Todd, a Canadian teenager who committed suicide after vicious bullying; actor Michael Clarke Duncan, famous for his portrayal in “The Green Mile,” who died after suffering from heart attack; and the television show “Big Brother Brazil 2012” (BBB12).

Source: Google Blog, via eWeek


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