Google Search Zeitgeist 2012

Google zeitgeistAbout Zeitgeist – Each year Google gathers a list of the top search queries from their users in the US and 50 countries worldwide. The list is called, “Zeitgeist,” which comes from German meaning, “The spirit of the times.” The annual Zeitgeist report reveals what captured the world’s attention in the past year—our passions, interests and defining moments as seen through search.

What did the world search for in 2012?

2012 was a year of big moments, from global games to historical elections and everything in between. With this site, we’ve analyzed over one trillion queries to showcase what the world searched for.

1.2 trillion searches.

146 languages.

Watch the Year In Review

 See search trends from around the world.
  • Google Trends – For a broad look at search query data, enter up to five search terms to see relative popularity over time. You can use Trends to compare terms in any language from any country—the interface is currently available in U.S. English, Chinese and Japanese.
  • Trends for Websites – Google Trends for website traffic data. Type in a website address to see visitors by region and related sites visited. Currently available in U.S. English only.
  • Insights for Search – A closer look at search query data for power users. Create your own lists of “most popular” and “fastest rising” queries for different geographic regions over time and by topic. Insights for Search is available in 40 languages.
  • Hot Trends (India, Japan, Singapore and U.S. only) – The top 40 fastest-rising search queries right now, updated continuously throughout the day.

 Find Your Trends  

There are a couple Google products that you can use to see your own search trends.

Web History

If you’ve chosen to enable “Web History” in your Google Account, you can get an interesting glimpse at your own web activity, such as top queries and peak activity over time. To try it out, go to your accounts page, on the landing screen, select “go to web history”. From here you can explore your web, image, and even your shopping search history . This might not account for all of your web activity, but it can be a fun look back at your query and browsing history over time.

Google Reader

If you use Google Reader to read blogs and RSS feeds, you can view your reading trends by going to the “Trends” tab under “All items” in the lefthand menu.

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16 thoughts on “Google Search Zeitgeist 2012

  1. Hm. I didn’t see Mark Armstrong Illustration or One Cool Site mentioned, so I suspect the whole thing may be bogus… : P

    Have you seen those new keyboard umbrellas? I’ve asked Santa to bring you one… : )

    • Ha! ha! ha! I don’t need a keyboard umbrella I need to break the habit of sipping tea at my computer desk. The keyboard was easy to deal with. I had to use a hair drier to get the moisture out of my mouse so it would work again. My concern isn’t about them it’s about the cdrive on my computer.

    • I hope it does work. My reader is working but my keyboard and mouse are another story. I spilled hot tea all over them. The computer shop will not open until the 28th and that’s when my old data gets moved into my new computer. I’m limping along as best I can but it’s a PITA.

  2. Wow. That clip was great. I loved that so much of it was positive when we see so much that is negative on our televisions and in the media. Thanks for sharing this. I’m going to share it some more – on my facebook page.

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