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

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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
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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.

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