Google's Look Back on 2012 Will Warm Your Heart, Give You Feelings

Ah the memories

What we Google is a pretty good mark these days of who we are -- what intrigues us, moves us, what we care about. In its end-of-year review, Google builds a story of 2012 out of the clues of a trillion searches, and tells that story in the sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes heartwarming video above. For good measure, here are the top 10 searches worldwide "with the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2012 as compared to 2011":

  • 1. Whitney Houston
  • 2. Gangnam Style
  • 3. Hurricane Sandy
  • 4. iPad 3
  • 5. Diablo 3
  • 6. Kate Middleton
  • 7. Olympics 2012
  • 8. Amanda Todd
  • 9. Michael Clarke Duncan
  • 10. BBB12

And here's the list for the United States:

  • 1. Whitney Houston
  • 2. Hurricane Sandy
  • 3. Election 2012
  • 4. Hunger Games
  • 5. Jeremy Lin
  • 6. Olympics 2012
  • 7. Amanda Todd
  • 8. Gangnam Style
  • 9. Michael Clarke Duncan
  • 10. KONY 2012
Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

The Best 71-Second Animation You'll Watch Today

A rock monster tries to save a village from destruction.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Best 71-Second Animation You'll Watch Today

A rock monster tries to save a village from destruction.

Video

The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

Video

Stunning GoPro Footage of a Wildfire

In the field with America’s elite Native American firefighting crew

More in Technology

Just In