2009 has certainly been a year to remember – from the Victorian bushfires to the death of pop icon Michael Jackson and Masterchef mania. To mark the year that was, Google has today released the most popular search terms that Australians tapped into google.com.au in 2009, with some quite interesting results.
Twitter, Twilight and Masterchef made the list for Australia’s fastest rising searches, while celebrities Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Robert Pattison and Susan Boyle intrigued everyone. Swine flu, the stimulus package and the Victorian bushfires dominated the most searched news stories, while the most popular searches for 2009 centred around popular social media sites Facebook and YouTube.
Aussie favourites Hamish and Andy proved their popularity, topping the list of the most searched for Aussie celeb, beating out Miranda Kerr.
We also went crazy for all things ‘foodie’, driven by the wildly popular Masterchef series. Searches for particular recipes from the show soared following each episode, with the infamous ‘Croquembouche’ topping the recipe related Masterchef searches for the year.
Surprisingly, we also wanted to find out more about Google, whilst using Google’s search engine, with the term coming in sixth on the list of the most popular searches of 2009.
For a full list of all search terms, please visit google.com/zeitgeist2009.