What was on the world's mind in 2011? Rebecca Black, according to Google's Zeitgeist 2011 roundup. The teen singer's viral video wonder "Friday" had over 167 million view on YouTube, and searches for her name made it the number one fastest-rising search term on the site in 2011.
Google's Zeitgeist review of the year is largely made up of the fastest-rising search terms in categories such as people, entertainment, consumer electronics, and news for every region worldwide. Interestingly, the fastest-falling searches are also listed with the once top social network, MySpace, securing the number one spot for losing the most global interest online this year.
Here's a detail of the fastest-moving US search terms in their respective categories:
- Google News — Hurricane Irene
- Image Search — Planking
- Google Maps — International airport, with Ikea not far behind at number two
- Product Search — HP TouchPad
For a closer look at the world's last 12 months through an Internet lens, get your tissues ready to watch Google's 2011 year in review video after the break.