What we searched for in 2012

Google tells us what the world was looking for in 2012.


Kevin Morris

Internet Culture

Published Dec 12, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 5:41 am CDT

Google has finally told us what was truly important in 2012.

The search giant’s annual Zeitgeist list shows the things what we searched for the most for over the past year. It’s accompanied by a quite enjoyable and downright motivational video, which displays the year’s most important events through a Google lense. Thanks, Google, for briefly helping us forget about all those terrible end-of-the-world jokes on Twitter.

Here are the top 10 worldwide search terms (if you’re not sure what any of these are, we suggest Googling them):

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

If you’re interested in other search categories, like sports, celebrities, and Google+ hashtags (huh?), check out the full set here.

Photo via Google/YouTube

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*First Published: Dec 12, 2012, 1:10 pm CST