Google Zeitgeist was released a few hours ago capturing the most trendy moments that have marked 2013. For those who are not yet familiar with Google zeitgeist, “Zeitgeist” means “the spirit of the times,” and this spirit can be seen through the aggregation of millions of search queries Google receives every day. Google Zeitgeist was created in 2001 and since then, every year Google rolls out a Zeitgeist capturing the global trends of that year.
” In our annual Year-End Zeitgeist (“spirit of the times”), we reflect on the people, places, and moments that captured the world’s attention throughout the year. This year marks our most global Zeitgeist to date—with 1,000+ top 10 lists across categories like Trending People, Most-Searched Events and Top Trending Searches from 72 countries. “
A quick look into the trendy searches in Google for the year 2013 reveals that the number 1 trending search query was Nelson mandela who deceased a couple of weeks ago followed in number two by actor Paul Walker ( killed in a car accident few weeks ago )and in number three comes iPhone 5s ( released few weeks ago). The surprising thing about these top 3 search queries is that they all refer to events that have just recently happened and yet they were ranked at the top of 2013 trends.
Watch the Year in Review Video to take a global journey through the biggest moments the past 12 months.
Google has also rolled out an interactive 3D global map showcasing the top search trends of 2013 by day in cities around the world. You can easily spin the globe, select a city and explore the topics that brought people to search on any day of the year—from local sports games to international news stories.
Click on the image to access the interactive map