Thursday, December 15, 2011

Top Searches, Tweets And Trends Of 2011

Every year some of our favorite sites release a list of their top searches, hashtags or mentions. Giving us a glance at what has been the most popular items through the year. Most of the time we see celebrities, hot news topics or pop-culture items topping the list. This year however we are surprised to see a few geeky items perched in the top ten for most sites.

Google Zeitgeist 2011: How the World Searched

This is the 11th year that Google has published the Google Zeitgeist list. With Zeitgeist, Google looks at the most popular and the fastest rising terms—the terms with the highest growth in 2011—in many categories across many countries around the world. This year they've incorporated several changes including improved visualizations, added detailed infographics and even adding in a few extra lists featuring sports, entertainment, people and news.

Google's Top Searches
  1. Rebecca Black
  2. Google +
  3. Ryan Dunn
  4. Casey Anthony
  5. Battlefield 3
  6. iPhone 5
  7. Adele
  8. 東京 電力 (TEPCO) Fukushima I Plant
  9. Steve Jobs
  10. iPad 2

For us geeks Google also released a list of the fastest growing searches for consumer electronics. Amazon's Kindle Fire topped that list, followed by Apple's iPhone 4s, the Sidekick 4g Android phone, the HP Touchpad and the Android app Spb Shell 3D.

Yahoo's 2011 Year In Review

This year Yahoo has also expanded their list. Not only does it included the top 10 search terms but also some culture items which includes top scandals, heroic acts and extreme weather.

Yahoo Top 10 Searches
  1. iPhone
  2. Casey Anthony
  3. Kim Kardashian
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Jennifer Lopez
  6. Lindsay Lohan
  7. “American Idol”
  8. Jennifer Aniston
  9. Japan Earthquake
  10. Osama bin Laden

Top 2011 Searches from Bing: A Year of Breakthroughs and Heartbreaks

Instead of a traditional top ten list like Google and Yahoo have provided. The fine folks over at Microsoft have chosen to give us several lists of their top search terms broke down into the following categories:

Wonder what people are talking about on your favorite social media sites?

On Facebook the death of Osama bin Laden was the most talked about topic in 2011, with nearly 10 percent of English-speaking Facebookers posting about it on May 1. Facebook refers to the tracking of these trends as "memology," which they have detailed in an extensive blog post.

Facebook says, "Memology takes the pulse of this global community by comparing this year's status updates to last year's, unearthing the most popular topics and cultural trends - or memes - emerging on Facebook. Whether it's hmu, lms or tbh, each year brings a new set of three letter acronyms that go viral."

For you tweeters out there Twitter has released a list of the top hashtags of 2011. The post is part of the sites year in review series which highlights the leading topics and hashtags of the year.

"The list of Hot Topics and Top Hashtags charts the keywords that rose the fastest in conversation over the course of the year," Twitter wrote in a blog post. "This reveals what grabbed our attention most dramatically in 2011, and which events, inventions, changes, and ideas made the deepest impression on us."

Popular question and answer site released its list of top 10 questions for 2011 by category.  

Top celebrity search terms and questions include:
  1. Kim Kardashian: Was Kim Kardashian's wedding fake?
  2. Justin Bieber: Is Justin Bieber going to be a dad?
  3. Lady Gaga: Are Lady Gaga's face implants real?
  4. Beyonce: Did Beyonce fake a baby bump?
  5. Kate Middleton: Who made Kate Middleton's wedding dress?
  6. Ashton Kutcher: Did Ashton cheat?
  7. Michael Jackson: Was Michael Jackson murdered?
  8. Selena Gomez: Is Selena Gomez pregnant?
  9. Lindsay Lohan: Is Lindsay Lohan going to jail?
  10. Charlie Sheen: What happened to Charlie Sheen's teeth?

Top news search terms and questions include:
  1. Earthquake in Japan: How big was the earthquake in Japan?
  2. Hurricane Irene: What caused Hurricane Irene?
  3. Steve Jobs: How much was Steve Jobs worth?
  4. Royal Wedding: What did William whisper to Kate on the balcony?
  5. Occupy Wall Street: Who started Occupy Wall Street?
  6. iPhone: When will Apple release the iPhone 5?
  7. Osama Bin Laden: Who killed Bin Laden?
  8. Casey Anthony: Where is Casey Anthony hiding?
  9. 10th Anniversary of September 11: What is happening on the 10th anniversary of 9/11?
  10. Amy Winehouse: How did Amy Winehouse die?

Top political searches and questions include:
  1. Barack Obama: Will Obama get re-elected?
  2. Mitt Romney: What is Mitt Romney's religion?
  3. Sarah Palin: Is Sarah Palin running for president?
  4. Michele Bachmann: Is Michele Bachmann crazy?
  5. Anthony Weiner: Where can I find Anthony Weiner's Twitter pics?
  6. Arnold Schwarzenegger: Who was Arnold's mistress?
  7. Gay Marriage: Which states allow gay marriage?
  8. Withdrawl from Iraq: When will the troops come home?
  9. Iowa Caucus: When is the Iowa caucus?
  10. Muammar Ghadafi: Who will lead Libya after Ghadafi?

Top predictions for 2012:
  1. George Clooney wins his second AND third Academy Award
  2. Dr. Oz surpasses Dr. Phil in ratings in a post-Oprah world
  3. Green Bay Packers wins Super Bowl second year in a row
  4. McDonald's adds the McRib to its permanent menu
  5. New York reclaims its spot as top the US travel destination from 2011 leader Orlando
  6. Breakout star of 2011, Nicki Minaj, leapfrogs pop icon Katy Perry in album sales
  7. Pippa jumps onto the list of top ten baby names of the year
  8. Facebook goes public with world's largest IPO
  9. Tiger Woods retires from golf
  10. And, finally…will the world end in 2012? Spoiler alert! IT WON'T

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