2011 Google Zeitgeist (South Africa)


Every year, internet ruler of the world, Google reveals the internet “Zeitgeist” (German for “the spirit of the times”) by exploring and collating the billions of search queries it receives each year. In addition to the Year-end Zeitgeist, which highlights the top trends of 2011, it also has several tools that give insight into global, regional, past and present search trends.

As far as South Africa goes… here are some of our favourite Google searches of 2011:

 

Fastest rising searches:

 

1. WhatsApp

 

2. Rugby World Cup 2011

 

3. Royal wedding

 

4. Facebook

 

5. Amy Winehouse

 

6. Adele

 

7. Gadhafi

 

8. iPhone 5

 

9. Velvet sky

 

10. Steve Jobs

 

Fastest rising people:

 

1. Amy Winehouse

 

2. Adele

 

3. Gaddafi

 

4. Steve Jobs

 

5. Darren Scott

 

6. Sonny Bill Williams

 

7. Nicki Minaj

 

8. Selena Gomez

 

9. Chris Brown

 

10. Mandela

 

Top news:

 

1. Julius Malema

 

2. Kaizer Chiefs

 

3. Orlando Pirates

 

4. Facebook

 

5. News24

 

6. YouTube

 

7. ANC Youth League

 

8. Nelson Mandela

 

9. Manchester United

 

10. Arsenal

 

Top images:

 

1. Facebook

 

2. Nicki Minaj

 

3. Love

 

4. Selena Gomez

 

5. Cars

 

6. Rihanna

 

7. Flowers

 

8. YouTube

 

9. Justin Bieber

 

10. Beyoncé

 

Top celebrities:

 

1. Kim Kardashian

 

2. Idols

 

3. Beyoncé

 

4. Britney

 

5. Rihanna

 

6. Megan Fox

 

7. Angelina Jolie

 

8. Scarlett Johansson

 

9. Mariah Carey

 

10. Jennifer Aniston

 

Top “what is”:

 

1. What is Facebook

 

2. What is love

 

3. What is life

 

4. What is HIV

 

5. What is research

 

6. What is technology

 

7. What is energy

 

8. What is aids

 

9. What is cancer

 

10. What is Ubuntu

 

Fastest rising song lyrics:

 

1. Judas

 

2. Super Bass

 

3. Adele

 

4. Man Down

 

5. Coming Home

 

6. Grenade

 

7. Selena Gomez

 

8. Rick Ross

 

9. Rihanna

 

10. Lil Wayne

 

Top sports searches:

 

1. Super Rugby Fixtures

 

2. Wimbledon Live Scores

 

3. Rugby World Cup 2011

 

4. Tri Nations 2011

 

5. Billabong Pro 2011

 

6. Super Rugby Results

 

7. Dakar Rally 2011

 

8. Foxsports Fantasty Rugby

 

9. Tabgold Racecard

 

10. Xscore

 

Top soccer searches:

 

1. Spbo Live Score

 

2. Afcon Qualifiers

 

3. Vodacom Challenge 2011

 

4. Soccer Livescore

 

5. Orlando Pirates News

 

6. Goal.Com

 

7. Kaizer Chiefs Fixtures

 

8. Copa Del Rey

 

9. Psl League Table

 

10. Copa America 2011

 

Top TV searches:

 

1. Survivor Tocantins Winner

 

2. Bigbrother Amplified

 

3. American Idols 2011

 

4. The Bachelor Jake

 

5. The Bachelorette Jillian

 

6. The Bachelorette Ali

 

7. American Idols 2011

 

8. Xfactor Usa

 

9. Mentalist Season 4

 

10. Topgear Festival

 

Global Fastest Rising Queries:

 

1. Rebecca Black

 

2. Google +

 

3. Ryan Dunn

 

4. Casey Anthony

 

5. Battlefield 3

 

6. Iphone 5

 

7. Adele

 

8. Tokyo Electric Power Company

 

9. Steve Jobs

 

10. IPad 2

Quite a list hey… always interesting to see what South African wanted to more about in 2011. Let’s hope that next year serves up just as much exciting news.

 


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