This morning, we reported on some of the most searched Google phrases of 2011 in the UK – the ‘iPhone 5′ and ‘scampi’ featured highly.
But the full Google’s Zeitgeist 2011 website is now live, marking its 11th annual look at all the searches that constituted what it calls the year’s ‘Zeitgeist’ – or, the spirit of the time.
In a blog post this morning, Google Fellow Amit Singhal said:
“With Zeitgeist, we look at the most popular and the fastest rising terms—the terms with the highest growth in 2011—in many categories across many countries around the world. For our 2011 Zeitgeist site, we’ve improved the visualizations to make it easy to compare terms across categories, added detailed infographics for an immersive dive into the data and created a video overview of the search terms that captivated the world this year.”
You can watch Google’s cool ‘Year in Review’ video here:
So-called ‘Web celeb’ Rebecca Black was the number one fastest rising search query globally, whilst Adele made the fastest rising lists in over 15 countries on 5 continents, in addition to claiming a spot on Google’s global list.
Natural disasters also featured highly, from Hurricane Irene in the US to the earthquakes in Christchurch and Japan. In fact, terms relating to the Japanese earthquake showed up on lists from almost half of the countries included in the 2011 Zeitgeist. And in Japan 地震 (earthquake) topped the country’s fastest rising list, and its global list, where 東京 電力(TEPCO, owners of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant), became the first non-Latin term to ever make Google’s global fastest-rising list.
Check out the full Google’s Zeitgeist 2011 website for yourself now.