Top Google searches of 2012

2012 is almost over and Google has released the top search topics

2012 is almost over and Google has released the top search topics in several different areas. Drew shares and discusses the list.

It is quite interesting that the top 10 Australian searches differ quite a bit from the worldwide search list (at the bottom of this article). It is a little worrying that the four top search results are for music artists (or a music show), but the most worrying result is Lara Bingle topping the most searched Australian celebrities list!

Top 10 trending Australian searches

  1. Gangnam Style
    A song by South Korean singer Psy which has shot to number one around the world. A very catchy tune that is set to pass one billion YouTube views before the end of the year.
  2. The Voice
    A spinoff of the American version, The Voice is a reality TV show where singers are judged on their voice and selected by judges who have their backs turned to the contestants.
  3. One Direction
    Formed on the UK version of the reality TV show, X Factor, One Direction has become one of the largest selling bands in the world and has already sold out its Australian concerts for next year.
  4. Whitney Houston
    Best known for her songs I wanna dance with somebody and I will always love you. Whitney Houston tragically passed away earlier this year after drowning in her bath tub.
  5. Olympics
    The London 2012 Olympics was a great success. Unfortunately, it was one of the worst performances for an Australian Olympic team in recent decades, finishing 10th overall with 35 medals (seven gold).
  6. Oz Lotto
    In early November of 2012, the Oz Lotto pool had risen to a handy $100 million after jackpotting a number of times. This is the largest amount ever offered in Australian lotto history.
  7. Diablo 3
    The much anticipated sequel, Diablo 3 was to be the biggest online multi-player role playing game of 2012 with a huge fan base looking forward to the release. Unfortunately, the game did not live up to the hype.
  8. Hurricane Sandy
    A hurricane which caused over $65 billion of damage throughout the Carribean, Mid-Atlantic and north eastern United Stated of America.
  9. Kony
    In March a viral video titled 'Kony 2012' was uploaded onto YouTube and made its way right around the world. The aim of the video was to make the head of a Ugandan gorilla group, Jospeh Kony, famous so that he could be brought to justice.
  10. Morgan Freeman
    A prime example of social media at work for all the wrong reasons. In early September, a Facebook post was created announcing that Morgan Freeman was dead. The news spread like wildfire and it wasn't until his manager denied the rumour that the searches stopped.

Top five searched news events

  1. Hurricane Sandy
  2. Julian Assange
  3. Felix Baumgartner
  4. Transit of Venus
  5. Melbourne Earthquake

Top five searched Australian celebrities

  1. Lara Bingle
  2. Miranda Kerr
  3. Delta Goodrem
  4. Keith Urban
  5. Nicole Kidman

Top five searched Athletes

  1. Lance Armstrong
  2. Usain Bolt
  3. Roger Federer
  4. Stephanie Rice
  5. John McCarthy

Top 10 worldwide searches

  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 Clarke Duncan
  10. BBB12 (Big Brother Brazil 2012)


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    18th Dec 2012
    Number 9 - 'Gorilla' group??? Did you mean 'guerrilla'' ?

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