‘The Olympics’ may have seemed like a safe bet for the top search term in the UK this year - but, according to Google, it was eclipsed by ‘Euro 2012’.
‘Olympic tickets’ came second in Google’s annual zeitgeist report, which lists 2012’s most searched-for terms. Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter, was top of the list of non-British Olympians, followed by US swimmer Michael Phelps and Roger Federer.
London was the most searched-for city in the UK, while Rio, host of the next Summer Olympics, was the most searched-for travel destination.
Skyfall reflected its box-office success, as the top trending movie. Singer Whitney Houston, who died in February, was the most searched-for person, followed by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Gadget of the year, at least in Britain, was Apple’s third generation iPad, followed by the iPad mini, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4S.
1. Euro 2012
2. Olympic tickets
3. Whitney Houston
4. Kate Middleton
5. April Jones
7. NatWest online
8. iPad 3
9. Gary Barlow
10. Gangnam Style