What was on American minds and psyches in 2009? Google has released a report listing (and analyzing) the 10 most popular search terms in 2009, tracked by quarter.

Google has released a report listing (and analyzing) the 10 most popular search terms in 2009, tracked by quarter.  The report offers very visual insight into what was on Americans' minds throughout the year – from world news (swine flu!), to TV programming (Susan Boyle) and pop culture (Meghan Fox and Bella Swan).

Google reports:

This graph captures the fastest rising query for each quarter of 2009, visualized over the entire year. To find the fastest rising query for each quarter, we looked at the most popular searches conducted every three months and ranked them based on how much their popularity increased compared to the previous quarter. Note how some queries maintain a moderate level of search volume over an extended period of time, whereas others peak sharply and suddenly.

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