The annual Google Zeitgeist project—now it its 11th year—delivers a digital cross-section of our culture by ranking the top searches of the year in a number of categories ranging from people to news to sports and so on.
Some of the rankings are less than surprising with Hurricane Irene, the Occupy movement and the earthquake in Japan all ranking near the top of the news searches.
Flash-in-the-pan and viral video queen, Rebecca Black earning the crown of “Fastest-Rising Search” isn’t overly surprising, but it’s impressive that her name managed to stick around long enough to top the year-end list ahead of the likes of “iPhone 5,” “Steve Jobs,” “Osama Bin Laden” and “Google+.”
Here’s Google’s video rundown, set to the awesome “Sooner or Later” by Mat Kearney.
If tiny snippets crammed into a three-minute video somehow weren’t enough for you to gather the top searches of the year, here’s a buttload of screen shots swiped from the Daily Mail:
The unveiling of the Google Zeitgeist got me thinking that maybe I should do something similar with the top search terms used to find my blog in 2011.
Granted, I’ll probably want to combine some of the similar search terms. I’m 90% certain that any form of “douchebag” or “douche” or “douchey” or whatever should all be considered one basic search term.
I’ll figure out a way to properly gather and customize my info and I’ll see if I can’t get that posted in the next couple of days.
I’m always amused at the things people search and what it leads them to and I’m certain that very few of the people searching for “Christina Hendricks ass” or “Emma Stone + boots” are anticipating they’re going to land at my blog.
Anyway, hit up the comments and let me know what you think about the Google Zeitgeist results? Anything shocking? Anything you think is missing? Let’s hear it.