Google search is an online powerhouse. If you’re looking for anything from Ford Mustang parts and classic Mustang parts to information on bananas or how to make handmade clothing, you are likely to start your research with Google.
As such, the most popular Google searches for 2011 can tell us a lot about what the world was interested in that year. Google found that the search terms that rose the fastest in 2011 were, counting down from 6.
6. iPhone 5
The popularity of Apple products is almost unbelievable, and the thought of a 5th version of the iPhone led to fevered speculation, with hoaxes, rumors and conjecture abounding.
5. Battlefield 3
Those who enjoy video games simply couldn’t wait for the release of Battlefield 3 by Electronic Arts. Before the game came out, there was anticipation, first-look reviews and commentary, and then when it was finally on sale, the first-person reports started flooding the net.
All in all, a whopping 5 million copies of the game were bought in the first week of its release alone.
4. Casey Anthony
The trial of Casey Anthony gripped the nation. A young mother on trial for the murder of her own child is always going to draw attention. In July of 2011 she was found not guilty, and her trial and the verdict dominated the news and office chat across the country.
3. Ryan Dunn
Jackass star Ryan Dunn appears on this list for very sad reasons. Despite his experiences with stunts and daredevil antics, he died tragically at the age of 34 when he was involved in a car accident in June of 2011.
Google must have been pleased to be able to report that their new social networking effort ranked so highly amongst 2011’s searches. They launched the site in June 2011, and less than a month later had over 10 million users.
Only time will tell if it is a success, but it’s likely that at least some of those searches were from worried Facebook executives checking out the competition.
1. Rebecca Black
Poor Rebecca Black. This young teen certainly couldn’t have anticipated that she would become a household name or that she would be a byword for mass-produced, autotuned pop music. Her YouTube video of ‘Friday’ received almost 170 million views. Black has the last laugh though, who can say they haven’t sung that song to themselves when Friday comes around?
Who knows what 2012 will bring in terms of events, analysis and popular culture? Whatever it is that we will be talking about it is sure that whatever the big issues are, people will almost certainly be searching for them on Google.
This is a guest post by Mary who blogs on online news and developments, from SEO to online marketplaces for everything from jewelry to CJ Pony Parts Ford Mustang parts.