2013 In Review- What Rocked Google This Year

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"You could be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went. You could swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go." 
       - Benjamin Button

Yeah, 2013 is finally coming to an end. Don't get me wrong by the use of the word 'finally'. In no way am I relieved to let this year go. This year was extraordinary in many ways, holding its unique events in history and introducing new surprises every now and then. But then again, every year that passes by is different. Each has its portfolio of achievements and disgrace, of some 'wow' moments and some 'dyammmmn' moments as well, of happiness and of sorrow.

In much the same way, 2013 has rightly secured its own place in our memory lane, I mean, it's about to. Okay, so before I get side tracked talking about this and that, let's dive right into the heart of the search giant Google and see what things were of interest to the people of planet Earth.

Top Trends

The death of Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker surely shook Google. Their respective names top the list of top trends this year. Guess what's in the third position? Yes, it's iPhone 5s. It's no wonder actually. In fact, Samsung Galaxy S4 also made the list, ranking at number 8 right before PlayStation 4. Take a look for yourself.

Seems like North Korea was also a major topic of interest worldwide.


Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker were also the most searched for people in Google this year. The third position goes to Malala Yousafzai. Wait a minute, are you surprised to see Miley Cyrus on the list? 


So what are the most interesting and widely discussed events of the year? Seems like the Boston Marathon sparked a lot of interest among the people. The notorious typhoon Haiyan also found its way to the second position. And I thought nobody likes typhoons. Just kidding.
The US government shutdown was also a major topic of interest among the Earthlings. Just imagine, 16 days of nationwide shutdown took $24 billion out of the US economy. That's huge. Ahh, the 2014 world cup. That's something we're looking forward to.


The most searched for athletes of the year are as follows:

Just wondering, how come Gareth Bale is on the list and Messi, Ronaldo and others aren't? Didn't they make news enough? But of course, you don't make the record of the highest transfer fee in history every other day.

Consumer Electronics

Guess what? Nokia is on the list too. It's not very surprising that iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4 are the top two on the list.

Google+ Hashtags

Okay, so here goes the list of the most popular Google Plus hashtags of the year. 

Hey, did you take a good look at #4? Cryus. 


Okay, so undoubtedly this is kinda the most interesting list of the post. Let's see what it has in store for us.

Man of Steel. Sure, this was a turnaround for our Superman. Some great changes were in order this year in the movie and it has definitely been reflected on the list. And Despicable Me 2 also made some buzz. Nothing out of the ordinary in the list, to be honest.

Performing Artist

The most discussed performing artist of the year is Cory Monteith.

TV Shows

The most searched for TV shows of the year are:

YouTube Videos

So, what were the most discussed YouTube videos of the year? 

Well, it's quite evident that Miley Cyrus definitely made some impact on several lists above, don't you think? Also, Harlem Shake was quite popular, too among the people who use Google for search; which means everybody.

Hot Searches of 2013

Also, take a look at the top 20 hottest searches of 2013 in the United States as provided by Google itself.

Thanks to Google, we can now look back and see what made the most noise in the search world this year. We can learn, reminisce, encourage and inspire ourselves. Taking a good trip down the memory lane has never been easier.

What was your special story this year?


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