And the most Googled names are ...

2011-12-16 11:11

The search is over for this year’s most Googled names.

The most popular and fastest-rising terms include Steve Jobs, Adele and Maria Sharapova.

The 11th yearly list of top 10 fastest-rising global queries was announced early yesterday.

Google Zeitgeist sifted through billions of Google searches to determine the list.

Thirteen-year-old singer Black – whose Friday video has more than 167 million views on YouTube – came in at number one.

Google+, the social networking venture that launched in June, was the number two search term.

Dunn, the Jackass stuntman who died in an alcohol-related car crash in June, followed at number three. At number four is Anthony, who in July was found not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter.

Battlefield 3, the first-person shooter video game that sold five million copies in its first week, came in at number five, followed by iPhone 5, which Apple fans erroneously thought the iPhone 4S would be named.

Pop singer Adele warbled her way to number seven, thanks to her ubiquitously chart-topping album 21. She is followed by the Japanese name of the Fukushima nuclear plant that was damaged during this year’s earthquake.

Apple co-founder Jobs, who died in October, came in at number nine.

His company’s iPad 2, which was released in March, rounds out the list.

Google competitor Bing, which is owned by Microsoft, announced its own list of most-searched-for terms yesterday morning. Chart-topping honours go to pop superstar Justin Bieber.

Black also makes the list, as her Friday clip was the most-searched viral video on Bing this year.

Casey Anthony also reappears, as the subject of the most-searched news story.

Russia-born professional tennis player Sharapova was the most-searched athlete on Bing.

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