Robin Williams' suicide, news unfold about a horrific plane crash, a terrifying disease and the iPhone 6 were among the most searchable topics on Google search engine during 2014. The passing of comedian and actor Robin Williams shook the world, bringing many people online to search for more information and to remember - and putting Williams in the #1 spot on Google's global trends charts. There was even an uptick in searches related to depression tests and mental health in the days following his death.
2014 had one of the biggest athletic events in recent memory. The World Cup in Brazil had its fair share of unforgettable moments and had everyone glued to their TVs and mobile devices all summer. From Luis Suarez’s bite heard around the world, to Tim Howard's superman performance vs. Belgium, to Germany’s run to their fourth title, the competition certainly lived up to its reputation and topped the charts.
This year, awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, reached an all-time high around the world due to the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As celebrities and everyday people alike braved a bucket of ice cold water for a cause, donations to help find a cure for the illness hit almost $100 million.
In the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, that question propelled the mystery to the global trends charts. As the investigation continued on the ground and online, people stayed hopeful for a happy ending despite the dim odds: searches for "mh370 found" outnumbered searches for "mh370 lost."
The top consumer electronics Google search of 2014 was for the iPhone 6, pushing the Samsung Galaxy S5 into second place. The top three is rounded off by Google's first foray into phablets, the Nexus 6.Despite the massive hype, only one smartwatch made it on to the list -- the Apple Watch (which won't be going on sale until 2015) in eighth place. The iPad Air was found just in the 10th place.
But none of the terms on the consumer tech list trended sufficiently to make it into Google's overall top 10 for 2014. The only tech-focused term to feature in the top 10 was Flappy Bird, in at number 6 between the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (fifth place) and singer Conchita Wurst in seventh place.
Google also claims that 2014 was the year of the 'selfie.''Guy Selfie tips' and 'Men Selfie tips' were both trending search terms this year, however 'girls selfie tips' wasn't. Consumer tech top 10 in full:
1 iPhone 6
2 Samsung Galaxy S5
3 Nexus 6
4 Moto G
5 Samsung Galaxy Note 4
6 LG G3
7 Xbox One
8 Apple Watch
9 Nokia X
10 iPad Air
You can find more on these top searches and more at google.com/2014Google's review follows annual roundups compiled during the previous two weeks by its main search rivals.
Yahoo's search lists indicated that its websites tend to attract entertainment-minded people. While Ebola topped Yahoo's rankings for 2014, celebrities or entertainers occupied six of the other slots.
Microsoft's Bing separated its lists into disparate categories, such as athletes (NBA star LeBron James soared the highest), celebrities (Kardashian reigned), vacation destinations (Costa Rica) and musicians (Beyonce).