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Justin Bieber, iPad top Google’s most searched

by Jorge Hernandez on December 10, 2010

As the year comes to a close, there is always an array of lists that try to capture the essence of the previous 365 days. Google jumped on the trend Friday by releasing the 2010 Google Zeitgeist, along with an accompanying video, to reveal the most popular searches of the year.

Though 2010 was an eventful year, one search item led the way – chatroulette. The popular website matched strangers with each other via webcam and was the fastest rising search term of the year after it took off in the spring.

Not too far behind chatroulette were searches for the iPad, which made waves in the spring as well when its release was announced in March. In third place was Justin Bieber, as the mop-topped teen sensation became one of the most popular (and most searched for) musical acts of the year.

Conversely, the fastest falling search term was swine flu. The illness, which caused widespread panic across much of the United States in the early part of the year, was not nearly as pervasive as originally feared. Additionally, searches for WaMu (the abbreviation for Washington Mutual) also dropped off considerably following an initial spike.

While the report comes out every year, this is the time that Google also released a video as well. Set to music, the almost three-minute video chronicles nearly all of the triumphs and tragedies of the last 12 months, showing searches for the Gulf Oil Spill, Haitian earthquake and Pakistan flood alongside results for more uplifting stories such as the Chilean miners, the Winter Olympics and the World Cup.

According to the search engine giant, the list was created after staff sifted through "billions of search queries that people typed into Google this year," and is done in an effort to "capture the spirit of 2010."

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