Google’s Zeitgeist Year-In-Review Reveals Top Search Trends Of 2012

By Megan O'Neill 

2012 has seen over 1.3 trillion Google searches in 146 languages.  So what has the world been searching for?  Google’s 12th annual Zeitgeist Year-In-Review is out and it reveals the biggest search trends of 2012.

The Zeitgeist compiles the top 10 trending searches, images, athletes, events, people, feature films, TV shows, performing artists, consumer electronics, airlines and Google+ hashtags.  The top 10 trending search queries, which saw the “highest amount of traffic over a sustained period of 2012 as compared to 2011,” are as follows:

1. Whitney Houston

2. Gangnam Style

3. Hurricane Sandy

4. IPad 3

5. Diablo 3

6. Kate Middleton

7. Olympics 2012

8. Amanda Todd

9. Michael Clarke Duncan

10. BBB12

Google has also released a video showcasing some of the most-searched people, places and topics of 2012, from the Election to Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space, Psy, the Olympics, natural disasters, revolutions and more.  As usual, it’s a pretty cool way to look back on the year and remember the biggest events and happenings.  How many of the things in the video do you remember Googling this year?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.