From 1 Direction to Fifty Shades of Grey; the Guardian rounds up the online encyclopedia's top ten most viewed pages for 2012.
Wikipedia’s data on the most viewed pages of the year throws up some surprises, not least that web users are still confusing web searches with web addresses. Facebook came out top on the most viewed English-language pages with more than 32.6m views, while Wiki (we assume people were Googling for Wikipedia) came second at 29.6m and Google ninth with 18.5m.
The not-slightly unnerving ‘Deaths in 2012’ was the third most viewed page with 25.4m while the reassuringly normal ‘One Direction’ (big both in the US as well as the UK) was fourth at 22.4m. Films the Dark Knight Rises and Hunger Games also made the top ten with 18.8m and 18.4m respectively.
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1. Facebook 32,647,942
2. Wiki 29,613,759
3. Deaths in 2012 25,418,587
4. One Direction 22,351,637
5. The Avengers (2012 film) 22,268,644
6. Fifty Shades of Grey 21,779,423
7. 2012 phenomenon 20,619,920
8. The Dark Knight Rises 18,882,885
9. Google 18,508,719
10. The Hunger Games 18,431,626