Google Zeitgeist 2013: what we searched for
Providing the perfect digital reflection on the year that was, Google has released its annual list of the most searched for terms.
Actor Paul Walker was the overall most searched for term of the year, following his death last month. In the list of most searched people, he was followed by fellow actor Cory Monteith and former Olympian Oscar Pistorius, with Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher and Nigella Lawson also featured.
Top question of the year?
"what is twerking"
love hate humanity.
New gadget releases also made for popular searches, with the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy 4s, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One all generating interest.
But trends differed greatly when broken out by region. Rather predicably, the UK buzzed about the royal baby and the Grand National, while Canadians took to Google to research Mayor Rob Ford’s latest blunders and the UAE researched Ramadan (bumping Gangnam Style from their top spot last year).
"Our annual Zeitgeist survey provides a fascinating snapshot of our interests and obsessions for the year. Celebrities always get a lot of interest and the passing of well-known figures makes people want to learn more about them."
- Claudine Beaumont, Google UK
Who or what sparked your digital curiosity in 2013?