Google says Nelson Mandela topped list of 2013 trending searches

Dec. 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker and the iPhone 5S led a Top 10 list of trending searches in 2013, U.S. search giant Google in an annual year-end report.

Those were the top three in Google's annual Year-End Zeitgeist ("spirit of the times") ranking of the people, places and moments garnering the world's attention throughout the year, Google Senior Vice President Amit Singhal wrote on the company's blog Tuesday.

The rankings included several Top 10 lists across categories such as Trending People, Most-Searched Events and Top Trending Searches from 72 countries, he wrote.

Nelson Mandela was the No. 1 trending search for the year as interest in the former president of South Africa was high year-long and after his death people turned to Google to learn more about him and his legacy, Singhal said.

The Top 10 global searches were:

Nelson Mandela

Paul Walker

iPhone 5s

Cory Monteith

Harlem Shake

Boston Marathon

Royal Baby

Samsung Galaxy s4

PlayStation 4

North Korea

Google says it has created a Zeitgeist homepage,, were people can follow the Top 100 trending searches of 2013.

They can also see what the top trending searches were for each year from 2001 on, it said.

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