Google Releases The Top 10's of 2011 | Business
The year 2011 is coming to a close and the tallies are in for the Top 10 Lists for 2011. Google has done their research and compiled a list of Top 10 Searches for 2011. From most popular images, to the fastest rising and falling searches, to Google Maps and restaurants, the Google Top 10 list ( Otherwise known as the 2011 Year-End Zeitgeist ) pretty much covers all the topics and situations that sent the general public searching for more information. The results are rather interesting too, some to be expected, some events that will go down in history, and some appearing out of left field making you wonder what in the heck people are thinking and why the heck they are so captivated by some of these items, images, devices and people.
The list begins with the Fastest rising searches on Google.com (U.S.) 2011 and the results are as follows:
1. Rebecca Black - A 13 Year old internet sensation who's 2011 pop single “Friday” went viral in March 20, 2011, two weeks after the single was released, receiving over 167 million views on YouTube.
2. Google+ - In 2011 Google entered the social networking with the launch of Google+ rapidly becoming wildly popular with 10 million users in 3 weeks. The searches peaked the week of July 10, 2011 about 2 weeks after it's launch, and again September 20, 2011 when open sign ups were announced.
3. Ryan Dunn - Famous for his extreme daredevil stunts on reality shows such as "Viva La Bam" and "Jackass", Ryan Dunn passed away in a car accident on June 20, 2011 at the age of 34. Shocked and saddened by his death, his fans took to social media to express their grief and share memories of the reality TV rebel.
4. Casey Anthony - A name known nationwide in association with the trial and verdict that shocked the world. The young Florida mother was was charged with first-degree murder when the remains of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee were found in a wooded area near her home, and found guilty on July 5, 2011 causing a nationwide uproar of emotions. The search numbers soared during week of July 3, 2011, after a jury found the 22-year-old mother not guilty.
5. Battlefield 3 - The release of the EA first person shooter video game was highly anticipated, selling 5 million copies in the first week of it's release. The popularity of the game and rate of it's searches peaked October 23, 2011, when it launched in the United States and United Kingdom.
6. iPhone 5 - The excitement and anticipation of Apple’s newest smart phone started many months before its arrival. The search frenzy started a week before Apple unveiled the iPhone 4s, the week of September 25, 2011.
7. Adele - This 22 Year old music sensation took the music industry by surprise with the release of her record breaking success with the release of her album "21" selling 208,000 copies in the UK in its first week and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart for 16 consecutive weeks. The searches skyrocketed the week of August 28, 2011 after she performed her piano version of “Someone Like You” at the MTV Video Music Awards.
8. 東京 電力 (TEPCO) Fukushima Plant - After the devastating 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan badly damaged several nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant the Japanese government ordered the evacuation of thousands of residents surrounding the plant. The searches soared week of March 13, 2011 two days after the 9.0 earthquake devastated Japan.
9. Steve Jobs - A man described as a "technological visionary [who] revolutionized the way people live and work with the aid of Mac computers, iPods, iPhones, and iPads" inspired people world wide with his passion and creativity resulting in the latest technological devices. The searches for Steve Jobs topped out on October 2, 2011, following the loss of a hard-fought battle with cancer and passed away at his home at the age of 56.
10. iPad2 - The popularity of this item before it even debuted was amazing. It sold 500,000 of the second-generation tablets on it's debut weekend. The iPad2 virtually sold out in its first week. The searches for the iPad2 topped out the week of February 27, 2011, 2 weeks before the item was available to consumers.
The Fastest Falling Search Topics:
4. Nasza Klasa
7. Wer Kennt Wen
9. Hotmail Correo
10. Delta Airlines
The Fastest Rising in Entertainment:
1. Rebecca Back
2. Ryan Dunn
3. Price Tag Lyrics
4. Amy Winehouse Death
5. Super Bass Lyrics
6. Crazy Stupid Love
7. Disney Junior
8. Kim Kardashian Wedding
9. The Lazy Song
10. Rihanna Man Down
For all of Google's 2011 Year End statistics you can go to The Google Zeitgeist and get the full scoop on what kept America and the world searching in 2011.