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Royalty rules Google's Zeitgeist 2011 search list

by LLB Editor
15th Dec 11 1:13 pm

Google’s annual Zeitgeist is out and it comes as no surprise that the Royal Wedding was the most popular Google search in Britain this year.

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nupitals beat the touted “iPhone 5” that never hit the markets and online football game “Fifa 12”

US reality star Kim Kardashian who got divorced just three months after marrying basketball player Kris Humphries was the most searched celebrity of 2011 in the UK.

Second most popular was Victoria Beckham, followed by Harry Potter star Emma Watson and actress Scarlett Johansson.

Also, Ryan Dunn, the Jackass star who died in a car crash, singers Adele, Rebecca Black and of course Justin Bieber were among the new searches last year.

Alan Sugar’s Apprentice and Simon Cowell’s X-Factor topped the list of searches for TV shows in Britain.

The British public searched for AV (Alternative Vote) which topped the “What is” search series.

The two next most popular searches reveal a nation easily confused by food with searches for “What is scampi” and “What are truffles”.

Other searches included “How to revise”, “How to sleep”, “How to pronounce”, and “How to flirt”.

Speaking about the list, a Google spokesperson said, “As usual, search is helping people satisfy their appetite for celebrity pictures and salacious gossip – and this year is no different, with Kim Kardashian and Rebecca Black coming to the fore and Ricky Gervais the only man gatecrashing the female-dominated top 10 celebs list.

“But what we’re also seeing is that people are turning to Google to understand complex subjects like the alternative vote system and searching for tips and tricks on how best to revise for exams,” he added.

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