Google Releases Top Search Terms of 2011

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 3:01 PM EDT

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Google Releases Top Search Terms of 2011

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 3:01 PM EDT

What exactly was the world looking for online this year?

That's the question Google answered Thursday morning, with a release outlining the most popular search terms of 2011.

Items on the list range from pop culture to science to sports, and all were terms that spiked in popularity from 2010 to 2011 or were the highest ranked search queries of the year. 

Fastest rising search terms on Google.com

1. Rebecca Black
2. Google+
3. Hurricane Irene
4. Pinterest
5. Ryan Dunn
6. iPhone 5
7. Casey Anthony
8. Adele
9. Osama bin Laden
10. Steve Jobs

Fastest rising image searches

1. Planking
2. Kate Upton
3. Justin Bieber 2011
4. Pippa Middleton
5. Hope Solo
6. Ryan Dunn
7. Mariah Carey twins
8. Rebecca Black
9. Casey Anthony
10. Royal Wedding

For more information on these and other search topics, visit www.googlezeitgeist.com.