Google’s Top Search Terms In 2012

Google’s Top Search Terms In 2012

The search giant has released its Zeitgeist report, which shows the trending terms, including events, athletes, films, and TV shows.

Emma Hutchings
  • 13 december 2012

Google has released its Zeitgeist, which shows the top search terms and most popular trends for 2012. Over 1.2 trillion searches were analyzed, and an interactive map shows where and when some of the hottest terms spiked around the world. You can see trends from around the world or select a specific country, and view the top 10 results for different categories like events, people, films, and consumer electronics.

Global superstar Whitney Houston topped many countries’ lists as well as three overall trending lists. YouTube sensation PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ signature dance landed him the #1 spot in many countries and made his song the second most trending query of 2012. Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s epic free fall jump made him the #6 globally trending person of the year, and the 2012 Olympics and its athletes made it onto almost every country’s list of top trends. Check out the video below to see how the world searched in 2012:

The top 10 searches of 2012, according to Google, were:

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 Clark Duncan

10. BBB12

You can view the other top search trends of 2012 at:



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