At the end of every year search engine giant Google performs a huge task of sorting trillions of search queries to determine the Top 10 most searched and fastest rising terms during the year. As 2011 comes closer to its end, the Top 10 list has been revealed.
What mattered in 2011? Zeitgeist sorted billions of Google searches to capture the year’s 10 fastest-rising global queries and the rest of the spirit of 2011.
Check out the complete list after the jump.
10. iPad 2
The second generation iPad took the world by storm when more than 500,000 unites were sold on its debut weekend. Seen as a sleeker, lightweight alternative to its predecessor, iPad 2 sold out across virtually all channels in its first week.
9. Steve Jobs
The 9th fastest rising term in 2011 was “Steve Jobs“, the wizard who transformed the Tech industry and inspired millions of people around the world with his passion and creativity. The technological visionary revolutionized the way people live and work with the aid of Mac computers, iPods, iPhones, and iPads.
8. 東京 電力
The Japanese government ordered the evacuation of thousands of residents living near the 東京 電力 (TEPCO) Fukushima I Plant after the 2011 earthquake badly damaged several nuclear reactors.
Adele rocked the music industry with the release of her sophomore album “21,” which sold 208,000 copies in the UK in its first week and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart for 16 consecutive weeks.
6. iPhone 5
Consumers and analysts alike anticipated the release of Apple’s newest smartphone many months prior to its arrival. Rumored features included a larger screen, edge-to-edge glass, an 8 megapixel camera, and extensive voice controls. Many believed the phone would be called the iPhone 5.
5. Battlefield 3
The highly anticipated release of EA’s first-person shooter video game, Battlefield 3, sold 5 million copies in its first week.
4. Casey Anthony
Young mother Casey Anthony was charged with first-degree murder when the remains of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee were found in a wooded area near her home in Orlando, Florida. A jury found her not guilty on July 5, 2011.
3. Ryan Dunn
Ryan Dunn was renowned for his daredevil stunts on the reality TV shows “Jackass” and “Viva La Bam. He lost his life in a car accident on June 20, 2011 at the age of 34.
In June 2011, Google entered the social networking world with the launch of Google+. In the three weeks following its announcement, Google+ amassed a user base of more than 10 million people.
1. Rebecca Black
Rebecca Black made a big splash on the Internet with the release of her 2011 pop single “Friday.” The music video catapulted the then 13-year-old to celebrity status after the video went viral, receiving over 167 million views on YouTube.