I don't know why, but Google's annual zeitgeist video always manages to make me tear up just a little. It reminds me of how human beings can overcome incredible obstacles, it reminds us to inspire others and it helps us remember those we said goodbye to in the last 12 months. This is what the world was looking for in 2012. This is Google's year in review.
I won't recap all the lists here because you can go and read them all for yourself, but there are a few interesting tidbits worth calling out.
• The world's most searched term in 2012 was "Whitney Houston" after her untimely death this year, followed by Gangnam Style, Hurricane Sandy and the iPad 3. • One Direction images were in demand, taking out the top spot on images search this year, followed by Selena Gomez and the iPhone 5. • The Hunger Games, Skyfall and Prometheus were the most sought after films. • The iPad 3, Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPad mini were the most searched gadgets, with the Nokia Lumia 920 rounding out that list in 10th position • And finally the most popular Google+ hashtag was #SOPA. Nice going, internet.
I recommend you all watch the 2012 Google Zeitgeist video, and keep an eye out for a few Aussie faces too, including the viral hit from Melbourne Metro, Dumb Ways To Die, and Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Google+ hangout. [Google]