Nelson Mandela tops Google's 2013 worldwide trending search items

Earlier this month, Microsoft released its list of the most searched topics on Bing in 2013. Today, it's Google's turn to offer its own lineup of the top search strings on its site and its number one topic of 2013 is not a huge surprise: Nelson Mandela.

The man who helped to bring down South Africa's apartheid government and later became its President died earlier this month. In a post on Google's official blog it states, "Global search interest in the former President of South Africa was already high this year, and after his passing, people from around the world turned to Google to learn more about Madiba and his legacy."

The top 10 list includes two other people who died earlier this year, actors Paul Walker and Cory Monteith, along with tech products like the iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the PlayStation 4:

  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Paul Walker
  3. iPhone 5s
  4. Cory Monteith
  5. Harlem Shake
  6. Boston Marathon
  7. Royal Baby
  8. Samsung Galaxy s4
  9. PlayStation 4
  10. North Korea

The Google Zeitgeist page goes into more detail on 2013's top search results with an interactive way to view the top 100 items. There's even a Google Earth-like 3D map of the globe that lets users check out which topics were searched for the most in specific cities on each day of the year. For example, the globe shows that the top searched item in Charlotte, North Carolina on Google on September 17th was Grand Theft Auto V.

Source: Google

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feels good Paul made it to number 2 ,,even though he died just a month away from 2014 ,,,one of the biggest tragedy of the year ,,,,RIP Paul

Paul Walker number 2 on the list? Don't get me wrong, he was a decent actor but he was no Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, or Tom Hanks. I don't live far from where his accident happened. You won't believe the local media coverage of his sad accident. Meanwhile, your average Joe Blow lost his whole family to a drunk uninsured illegal immigrant, a young mom was beaten and stabbed to death by her husband. These events had a newspaper slot and a 60 second plug on television. Moral of my story, we as a society most of the time have our priorities mixed up.

JHBrown said,
Moral of my story, we as a society most of the time have our priorities mixed up.

Duh? I would bet that many didn't know who Paul Walker was until they recognized him AFTER searching on Google. Similarly with Nelson Mandela who many people of this generation probably don't know much about. Your list is of people who haven't died this year. So, yeah, my point is that this is simply a list of search terms. Get over the melodrama.

Xenosion said,

Duh? I would bet that many didn't know who Paul Walker was until they recognized him AFTER searching on Google. Similarly with Nelson Mandela who many people of this generation probably don't know much about. Your list is of people who haven't died this year. So, yeah, my point is that this is simply a list of search terms. Get over the melodrama.
Looks like you didn't get the point of my post. I'm sorry that you cannot connect the dots with living legends versus Paul Walker. The media pimped his accident, while other worthy events were happening.

Edited by JHBrown, Dec 17 2013, 4:57pm :

JHBrown said,
Looks like you didn't get the point of my post. I'm sorry that you cannot connect the dots with living legends versus Paul Walker. The media pimped his accident, while other worthy events were happening.

You stated your point pretty obviously so I doubt I didn't understand it. You just seem to be going on about nothing. Paul Walker died where your comparisons (which are completely opinion based anyway) did not. Yeah, so the media are scumbags for reporting some stuff too much and other stuff not enough. Anyway though since this is a zeitgeist from Google.. you know.. of searches.. again, get over the melodrama.

JHBrown said,
Looks like you didn't get the point of my post. I'm sorry that you cannot connect the dots with living legends versus Paul Walker. The media pimped his accident, while other worthy events were happening.

Living legend according to whom? You have to understand that to some, Paul Walker IS a legend. Your opinion of him doesn't change the view of countless others who saw him for something more. To me personally, he was just an actor who was mediocre, but there is an entire generation who has grown up with Paul Walker and his movies. Who are you to say he isn't as important as Al Pacino, Tom Hanks etc? The current generation has no idea who any of those people are. Am I right in assuming you're at least in your late 20's? I'm 33 and I know who the people mentioned are, but my nieces and nephews haven't a clue.

Anyway, I think you get my point...

A very poor Zeitgeist, I'm very disappointed. Way too short, 2012 and 2011 were much better in my opinion.