Robin Williams Leads Google Searches For 2014

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Google has released its annual lists of the top trending searches for the year. In the past, these have come under the "Zeitgeist" label, but this year, Google is just going with "Year in Search" without any explanation as to why that changed.

Robin Williams took the top spot on Google's global trends charts this year. According to the company, there was even an uptick in searches related to depression tests and mental health after he died.

Williams was followed by the World Cup and Ebola. Here's a look at the global top ten.

Here in the U.S., the list is only slightly different:

1. Robin Williams
2. World Cup
3. Ebola
4. Malaysia Airlines
5. Flappy Bird
6. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
8. Ferguson
9. Frozen
10. Ukraine

The top trending people in the world were:

1. Jennifer Lawrence
2. Kim Kardashian
3. Julie Gayet
4. Tracy Morgan
5. Renee Zellweger
6. Jared Leto
7. Lorde
8. Matthew McConaughey
9. Amal Almamuddin
10. Donald Sterling

On the tech side of things, here's what the list for consumer electronics looked like (global):

1. iPhone 6
2. Samsung Galaxy S5
3. Nexus 6
4. Moto G
5. Samsung Note 4
6. LG G3
7. XBox One
8. Apple Watch
9. Nokia X
10. iPad Air

Of course is plenty more to dig into, and you can do just that on the Year in Search site.

"On our Year in Search site, you can take an in-depth look at the stories that made 2014 unforgettable," says Google's Amit Singhal. "From the rise of the selfie, to understanding if we search for 'how' more than 'why,' each chapter shares a glimpse into the people and events that drove this year forward."

"We've also made it easier to find the trending topics of the year directly from Google Search," he adds. "For the first time, a simple search for [google 2014] will give you a peek at what made the top trending lists from around the world. And you can follow more insights from the year with #YearInSearch. So take a moment to appreciate what this year had to offer. It’ll be 2015 before you know it."

Yahoo and Bing have already shared their 2014 lists as well. You can view these here and here respectively.

Image via Google

Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.