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Google Zeitgeist 2013: Our Fascination with North Korea, Royal Baby & Harlem Shake

  |  December 19, 2013   |  Comments

Google shares the moments that made up 2013 in its annual Zeitgeist video and interactive site that shows what mattered to people across the globe in the past year; on the top of the list was Nelson Mandela, actor Paul Walker and the iPhone 5s.

What did you search for on Google in 2013? Were you curious about “twerking” like the many others who pushed that search query to the top of Google’s “what is” search list? Or perhaps you wanted to learn more about Nelson Mandela who garnered the No. 1 spot in Google search this year.

Whatever you searched, we lived, and Google once again made memories come alive in its end-of-year Zeitgeist video.

Curious what people on the other side of the globe or in your hometown were searching for this year? Find out what searches trended worldwide each month in 2013 with this interactive 3D globe:

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Here’s what made the Top 10 list worldwide:

  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Paul Walker
  3. iPhone 5s
  4. Cory Monteith
  5. Harlem Shake
  6. Boston Marathon
  7. Royal Baby
  8. Samsung Galaxy s4
  9. PlayStation 4
  10. North Korea

By the way, the Harlem Shake at No. 5 had more than 1.7 million video versions uploaded on YouTube in 2013, according to Google

The Zeitgeist portal takes us down memory lane with images that represent the Top 100 global searches of the year. Click on an image to discover the search. 

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This is always fun: Check out what was on the minds of searchers each year, starting in 2001, in the Google Trends Zeitgeist. 

And Google invites us all to share what made our year memorable on Google+ with the #my2013 hashtag, which shows up on both Google+ and the Zeitgeist site. 

You can learn about the 2013 search trends in Bing, Yahoo and Ask, here.  

This article was originally published on Search Engine Watch.

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Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is the founder of bizbuzzcontent, a boutique content services company that offers quality content creation services and content strategy consulting.

Since 2005, Jessica has been in the business of content and communications, with the past seven years focused on the Web marketing space.

Prior to launching bizbuzzcontent, Jessica was responsible for content strategy, development, and marketing for Bruce Clay Inc. - a global SEO firm, where she served small businesses and Fortune 500 clients.

Jessica has a bachelor's in communications and public relations from San Diego State University.

She contributed to the book Search Engine Optimization All-in-One for Dummies second edition, and her writing is featured in an active college textbook, Reading and Writing About Contemporary Issues.

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