Rebecca Black, whose song “Friday” inspired cheers -- and jeers -- on the Web, was the fastest rising search term globally on Google Inc. this year, according to the company’s annual review of popular queries.
Songstress Black edged out “Google+,” the company’s social-networking service, in the yearly “Zeitgeist” ranking of terms with the most growth. Next up: Ryan Dunn, a star of Paramount Pictures’ “Jackass” movies who died in a car crash, followed by Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty of murdering her daughter, Google said. Apple Inc. products and its co-founder Steve Jobs are among terms rounding out the top 10.
Google’s 11-year-old ranking offers a glimpse of what was most often on people’s minds -- and in their search queries -- throughout the year. Mountain View, California-based Google is the most widely used Web-search tool.
“When looking at the data, it is fascinating to see the cultural fads and trends that took over the globe, from cupcakes (making top food lists in over a dozen countries) to the Dukan diet and high-profile weddings,” Google said in a blog posting.
The only other musical artist in the top 10 was Adele. Jobs, who died this year, was No. 9.
When it came to news in the U.S., the fastest rising term was Hurricane Irene, followed by Occupy, in reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement that coalesced around dismay with the financial industry. The next-fastest rising news searches focused on Japan’s earthquake and nuclear disaster, the yet-to-be-released iPhone 5, Libya, Apple’s iPad 2 and Osama bin Laden.
Apple dominated the list of top technology search in the U.S. Its iCloud, the Web storage system, was No. 1, followed by OSX Lion, the operating system.
Debt ceiling was No. 1 for economic issues in the U.S, followed by U.S. GDP (gross domestic product), recession 2011, inflation 2011 and U.S. economy 2011.