Even though 2012 is still over a month away, some web sites are already looking back on 2011's highlights. That includes Microsoft's Bing search service. The official Bing blog site offered up some interesting search statistics on what people have been using Bing to search for in the past year and comparing those items to those made back in 2010.
Not surprisingly, the most searched for person on Bing in 2011 is teen pop singer Justin Bieber. There are apparently a lot of fans who have contracted "Bieber fever" and have been searching for info about the teen dream on Bing as a result. Bieber was number six on Bing's people search list in 2010. In 2011, Bieber beat out reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who was number one on Bing's search list in 2010 but only went down one spot to the number two position for 2011. Bieber was also the most searched for musician in 2011 on Bing. Tennis star Maria Sharapova was the most searched for sports personality on Bing in 2011.
The trial of Casey Anthony, who was acquitted this year of charges of killing her two year old daughter, was the number one searched for news item on Bing in 2011, followed by the death of Osama Bin Laden and Hurricane Irene. The most searched for movie in 2011 on Bing is a bit of a surprise; it's the upcoming spy movie Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which edged out The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1. The most searched for electronics product on Bing in the past year was Microsoft's own Xbox game console, followed by the Amazon Kindle and Sony's Playstation game console.