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Zeitgeist is a word of German origin and means a general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time. It is one of the many tools that Google has that let users to map and compare all searches -- globally, regionally, past and present.
So, here's looking into the hot search terms of the year 2011.
Fastest rising searches globally
The list of top searches in 2011 had Rebecca Black at number one, Google+ at number two and Ryan Dunn, who was best known for his daredevil stunts, was at number three. Fourth and Fifth spots went to Casey Anthony and Battle field 3 respectively.
The speculation that kept the rumour mills churning about an impending launch of iPhone5 that never happened, even overtook the launch of iPad 2 and Steve Jobs' death and was at sixth spot. Singing sensation Adele bagged seventh spot with the release of her sophomore album "21" and on eighth spot was Japan's Fukushima nuclear Reactor which was damaged by an earthquake.
Google's fastest rising search list also revealed how much its rival company Apple ruled not just people's pockets, but also the search. Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs who died on October 5 after suffering from chronic sickness, was placed at the ninth spot while iPad 2 took the 10th spot.
Fastest Rising Search
While Facebook topped the Fastest Rising Search terms, IBPL on second, Google+ ruled the third spot. The list also highlights that sports was quite popular among users with India winning the Cricket World Cup 2011. It was the fourth Fastest Rising Search followed by Bodyguard, Ra.One, Anna Hazare, Ipl 2011, Poonam Pandey and Ready.
Fastest Rising People
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare took the top spot among personalities, followed by Poonam Pandey at second then Steve Jobs, Anushka Sharma, Salman Khan, Justin Bieber, Kajal Agarwal, Katrina Kaif, Vijay Mallya and Aishwarya Rai
Celebrities and cricketers are next to gods in India. Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif was the most searched in India on Google overtaking anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare at the second slot followed by Salman Khan, Poonam Pandey, Justin Bieber, Aishwarya Rai, Sachin Tendulkar, Kareena Kapoor, Steve Jobs and Priyanka Chopra.
Movies are almost a daily pilgrimage for many in India. Salman Khan-starrer Bodyguard was the top searched movie in 2011 in India and at the second spot was 'King' Khan's ( Shahrukh Khan) Ra.One which were followed Harry Potter, Delhi Belly, Singham, Ready, Mankatha, Transformers 3, Dookudu, and Farhan Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara at the 10th spot.
Top news of 2011
Even the Cricket World Cup 2011 which was won by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team was placed second, behind IPL, which was the top news for 2011 in India. The others were CBSE Result 2011, Diwali, Lokpal Bill, Japan earthquake, Aadhar card, Osama Bin Laden. At the 10th spot was India's first ever F1 that was organised in November at the Buddha circuit, Noida.
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