Google’s Zeitgeist 2011 lists have been announced.
Google sorted billions of Google searches to capture the year’s 10 fastest-rising global queries and the rest of the spirit of 2011.
The Top 10 Global Fastest Rising Google Searches in 2011 along with selected descriptions from Google:
1. Rebecca Black
3. Ryan Dunn
4. Casey Anthony
5. Battlefield 3
6. iPhone 5: Consumers and analysts alike anticipated the release of Apple’s newest smartphone many months prior to its arrival. Rumored features included a larger screen, edge-to-edge glass, an 8 megapixel camera, and extensive voice controls. Many believed the phone would be called the iPhone 5. Searches for iPhone 5 rose 1,658% between 2010 and 2011, making the rumored smartphone the #6 fastest rising search on Google.
8. 東京 電力 (TEPCO)
9. Steve Jobs: Steve Jobs inspired millions of people around the world with his passion and creativity. The technological visionary revolutionized the way people live and work with the aid of Mac computers, iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Searches for Steve Jobs grew 982% in 2011, making the creative genius the 9th fastest rising search on Google.
10. iPad 2: iPad 2 took the world by storm when 500,000 of the second-generation tablets were sold on their debut weekend. Seen as a sleeker, lightweight alternative to its predecessor, iPad 2 sold out across virtually all channels in its first week. Searches for iPad 2 rose 939% between from 2010 to 2011, making the tablet the 10th fastest rising search on Google.
Many more lists (per country, per category) on the full Zeitgeist 2011 site here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]