Google announces top searches of 2012

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

With only 19 days left in 2012 the most popular web searches have surfaced and the results range from the tragic death of Whitney Houston to “Gangnam Style” singer Psy.

Houston topped the list of most searched, The Associated Press reports, according to reports given by Google Inc.’s year-end “zeitgereist.” Many Internet searchers took to their computers to find out more information about the tragic loss of Houston, who drowned in her bathtub on the eve of the Grammy’s.

Other popular searches include the most up-to-date iPad as well as the record breaking skydiver Felix Baumgarter, who successfully completed a 24 mile jump down to earth.

Superstorm Sandy also raked in a significant amount of searches, reports state. The Hurricane devastated the east coast, leaving many homes flooded and without power, others damaged while the beaches saw a significant amount of destruction.

Google informed via blog post that their 12th annual report of top trending searches is “an in-depth look at the spirit of the times as seen through the billions of searches on Google over the past year.” Additionally, Google notes that a topic becomes “trending” when it receives a high amount of traffic in a short amount of time.

Other topics include Morgan Freeman, the iconic actor who was reported dead until he took to his Facebook to clear up rumors.

Jeremy Lin, memes and Kate Middleton also topped the list of popular searches for 2012.



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