Zeitgeist 2011: How the world searched

I forgot I had this video queued up for the blog.  Even though it would have been more timely to publish in January when I found it, it’s a nice wrap up of the year in searching the web.  It’s basically an advertisement for Google but while watching it I was reminded of just how many memorable events there were in 2011.

Zeitgeist 2011: How the World Searched

Zeitgeist 2011: How the World Searched

Top 10 Google Search Terms of 2011

According to Google’s Zeitgeist 2011 this is how the world searched last year:

  1. Rebecca Black
  2. Google+
  3. Ryan Dunn
  4. Casey Anthony
  5. Battlefield 3
  6. iPhone 5
  7. Adele
  8. 東京 電力 (Fukushima)
  9. Steve Jobs
  10. iPad 2

How many of these did you search for?  BONUS if you used the Japanese characters to search for info about the Fukushima disaster.  I find it interesting that Apple had 3 of the top 10 search terms and a video game came in 5th.


I like Facebook & I like Twitter. What I’m not so excited about is Google+.

I setup a Google+ account when it first became available and I added several  people to my “Circle” but I’m just not seeing the participation that I see on other social networks.

Are you a Google+ user? Do you like it? Have you abandoned Facebook for Google+?

A lot of questions, I know.  I’m just trying to get the draw/popularity of Google+.  As reported in the Huffington Post Google+ To Reach 400 Million Users Within A Year.  This was predicted by a “Statistician” who we all know can make numbers mean many different things depending on how they spin it.  I’m not so sure about these numbers.

So…  I’m asking all of my blog visitors who actually use Google+ to help me understand what it is & if it’s a replacement for Facebook/Twitter or just another option for Social Networking.