Weekend Video Post – How the World Searched
The year 2011 is coming to an end. What mattered in 2011? The year saw the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, the wedding of Prince William, sad demise of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Arab Spring and the Libyan civil war, killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the launch of Google+, the final lift off of Atlantis, Apple’s much anticipated smartphone iPhone 5, massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami in east of Japan resulting in Fukushima atomic power plant disaster, and much more. Re-live top events and moments from 2011 in today’s weekend video blog post.
Zeitgeist sorted billions of Google searches to capture the year’s 10 fastest-rising global queries and the rest of the spirit of 2011.
Google’s 2011 Zeitgeist
10 Fastest Rising Search
Here is the list of 10 fastest-rising global queries of 2011:
#1 Rebecca Black
Rebecca Black made a big splash on the Internet with the release of her 2011 pop single “Friday.” The music video catapulted the then 13-year-old to celebrity status after the video went viral, receiving over 167 million views on YouTube.
In June 2011, Google entered the social networking space with the launch of Google+. In the three weeks following its announcement, Google+ amassed a user base of more than 10 million people.
#3 Ryan Dunn
Best known for being part of the “Jackass” and “Viva La Bam” crew, Ryan Dunn died in a car crash at age 34.
#4 Casey Anthony
Accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Casey Anthony was found not guilty by a jury.
#5 Battlefield 3
EA’s first-person shooter video game, Battlefield 3, sold 5 million copies in its first week of release.
#6 iPhone 5
Apple’s much anticipated smartphone, the iPhone 5 launches with innovative features and an unexpected name.
British songstress Adele took the world by storm and received Best Pock/Rock Album and two Favorite Artist nods at the American Music Awards.
#8 東京 電力
The Japanese government declared an “atomic power emergency” and evacuated thousands of residents near the 東京 電力 Fukushima I plant.
#9 Steve Jobs
Creative genius and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs inspired millions of people around the world. After a long battle with cancer, he died in 2011 at the age of 56.
Apple sold 500,000 iPad 2 Tablets on its debut weekend. The 2nd generation iPad sold out across virtually all channels.
Check out the video below:
Zeitgeist 2011: Year In Review
Uploaded by Google on Dec 14, 2011
See how the World Searched with Google’s 2011 Zeitgeist: http://googlezeitgeist.com
Music: “Sooner or Later” by Mat Kearney
Produced by Whirled Creative with Director Scott Chan
“Soldier surprises mom” clip courtesy of the National Geographic Channel, Siskell/Jacobs Productions and Joseph Desira.
Google Doodle wishes a Happy New Year
Today, on the eve of New Year, the last Google doodle of 2011 welcomes 2012 with a New Year’s party. The letters of the Google logo seem to be celebrating the passing of 2011 and welcoming the New Year 2012 with music, dance, balloons and a lot of color.
Here is the image of the doodle:
Over the years, doodles on the Google homepage have made searching on Google more fun and enjoyable for its users worldwide. When doodles were first created, nobody had anticipated how popular and integral they would become to the Google search experience. Nowadays, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!
Doodle 4 Google
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