Google’s Top Searches of 2010


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Another year is coming to a close and with it the endless parade of year-in-review articles rehashing the triumphs and tragedies of 2010. We’ve already seen Yahoo’s top searches of 2010 showing that Yahoos this year were most concerned with the BP Oil Spill, World Cup in South Africa, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga. Now it’s Google’s turn with a look at what its millions of users have been interested in this past year.

World cup

You can find the complete list at Google’s Zeitgeist page that includes an HTML 5-based interactive visualization of Google’s yearly search data. The search giant has also included its typical wide ranging categories for newscelebritiesentertainmenthomemakingsportsscience and technology,humanitycitiesYouTube videos and even a quirky section that highlights the weirdest searches of 2010.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from Google’s Zeitgeist 2010.

Top 5 Global Events

1. World Cup

2. Vancouver Olympics

3. Haiti Earthquake

4. BP Oil Spill

5. Ash Cloud

Vuvuzelas and Maple Leaves topped the world’s most-searched events this year thanks to the World Cup in South Africa and the Olympics in Vancouver. Two tragedies–the earthquake in Haiti and the BP oil spill–took the third and fourth spots. And rounding out the top 5 global events on Google was the Icelandic ash cloud that halted air travel across Europe for several days and stranded over five million travelers in airports across the continent. Notable events missing from the top 5 included the Pakistan floods, earthquake in China and the Chilean miner rescue.

Fastest Rising (Global)

1. Chatroulette

2. iPad

3. Justin Bieber

4. Nicki Minaj

5. Friv

6. Myxer

7. Katy Perry

8. Twitter

9. Gamezer

10. Facebook

iPad

It turns out 2010 wasn’t the year of the tablet, but the year of Chatroulette. The Webcam-powered random chat service that connected users with strangers–and frequently led to X-rated encounters–topped the iPad as the fastest rising Google search worldwide. Apple’s iPad was next, followed by the Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber, Trinidadian hip hop artist Nicki Minaj, gaming site Friv, mobile phone ringtone and wallpaper provider Myxer, Katy Perry, Twitter, Gamezer and Facebook.

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