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Rebecca Black tops Google Zeitgeist 2011

Newcomer, Rebecca Black, whose amateur music video 'Friday' garnered both cheers and jeers on the web, was the most popular search of 2011.

So who tops Google Zeitgeist this year?

Rebecca Black, the teen singing sensation was the fastest rising search subject in the United States this year.

Google Inc. on Thursday released Zeitgeist 2011, an aggregation of billions of search queries, the company says captures the spirit of 2011.

“This year marks our 11th annual look back at the searches that compose the year’s Zeitgeist—the spirit of the time. With Zeitgeist, we look at the most popular and the fastest rising terms—the terms with the highest growth in 2011—in many categories across many countries around the world,” Google Fellow Amit Singhal wrote in a blog post.

Others who made it to the top 10 list included Casey Anthony, who was charged and later acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter after a sensational murder trial.

The top 10 list
Newcomer, Rebecca Black, whose amateur music video 'Friday' garnered both cheers and jeers on the web, was the most popular search of 2011.

Google's own new social network Google+ grabbed the second spot after its launch. Hurricane Irene, one of the deadliest storm to hit the U.S. since 1980 ranked third, followed by Pinterest.

'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn, who died in a car accident in June at age 34 finished fifth.

Others who made it to the top 10 list included Casey Anthony, who was charged and later acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter after a sensational murder trial.

Even the nonexistent iPhone 5 also found a coveted spot in the top ten, and also singer Adele, whose new album '21' rocketed to success.

The death of Steve Jobs and the assassination of Osama bin-Laden claimed another two spots in the list for fastest-rising terms.

Other queries on the internet
According to Zeitgeist, the nuclear emergency in Fukushima, Japan after the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunamis also caught the attention of the world.

The Occupy Wall Street movement against the dire economic situation and austerity was a popular news search.

The launch of the iPad 2 also drew searches, and also the video game Battlefield 3, which sold five million copies in the first week of its release.

Singhal said, “When looking at the data, it is fascinating to see the cultural fads and trends that took over the globe, from cupcakes (making top food lists in over a dozen countries) to the Dukan diet and high-profile weddings, but Google was used for much more than staying up to date on the sisters Middleton and Kardashian.”