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Google Zeitgeist's top searches include Rebecca Black, Fukushima owner, and Steve Jobs

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Google Zeitgeist, which catalogs the top ten fastest-rising global searches along with other trending data, has released its 2011 list, which includes celebrities like Rebecca Black, Apple devices and the company's co-founder Steve Jobs, and terms related to the Fukushima reactor meltdown in Japan.

Google Zeitgeist Search Terms
Google Zeitgeist Search Terms

Google has released Zeitgeist 2011, its analysis of the top search terms of the year. These are always a bit embarrassing, so it's no surprise that singer Rebecca Black, whose song "Friday" was until recently the most disliked video on YouTube, was the fastest-rising term. Websites like Chatroulette and Twitter fell off the top ten, but Apple dominated: Steve Jobs, the iPad 2, and the mythical iPhone 5 all made top spots. There was one sobering addition — 東京 電力 or TEPCO, owner of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that melted down following an earthquake and tsunami early this year, was eighth on the list. That term is also the first non-Latin one to ever make the global top ten.

There's also plenty of fodder for armchair analysis: Google+ took second place this year, but Facebook wasn't on the list for the first time since 2006. More people searched for Battlefield 3 than for its competitor Modern Warfare 3. The Kindle Fire was the fastest-rising gadget, with the iPhone 4S in second place. There's much more granular data, including lists by country and topic, at the source link below.