New technology is on the horizon, with questions about 3G service for mobile devices. Apparently, everybody’s mom started using email all of a sudden, because there are a lot of panicked queries about what exactly is Bcc. Facebook again topped the popular search terms list, though the country’s large Polish immigrant community pushed Polish social network Nasza Klasa to number two.
On the people side, the list is happily light on dead celebrities, though the late Heath Ledger nudged out U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama for the top spot. Was Sarah Palin number three? You betcha.
2009: Natasha Richardson. Source: People.com
Financial collapse and its associated anxiety left their mark on 2009, with “What is Nama (National Asset management Agency)” and “What is Chronophobia (fear of time)” coming in at first and third, respectively on the list of searches. “What is sleep” and “what is cancer” are also on the list. Looking at the topics list, people were having trouble remembering their “Facebook login” (number one) either because they were distracted by bargain hunting on “DoneDeal” (number two) or dipping their toes into Twitter (number three).
The untimely deaths of Michael Jackson, Jane Goody and Stephen Gately topped the People search list, with philandering golfer Tiger Woods coming in with a four (make that a four iron smashed through the window of his SUV). The list is made even more depressing with searches about actresses Brittany Murphy and Natasha Richardson, who also died suddenly that year.
2010: A nation turns its lonely eyes to Jedward. Source: Google Images
In 2010, Irish people demanded to know what Wikileaks were, putting it in the top search position. They were also (oddly) obsessed with Myrrh and with NAMA (again), and many found themselves asking the perfectly reasonable question, “What is Movember?” (The answer: a cancer charity whose supporters grow MOustaches in NoVEMBER, naturally.) Proving that Romantic Ireland is neither dead nor gone, “What is spooning?” came in at number eight.
Less romantic, but certainly social was the top search topic, Chatroulette. This was followed by the Hatfields-vs.-McCoys-style rivalry between Gmail and Hotmail, numbers two and three, respectively. Fox’s sing-along hit, “Glee” came in at number four, confirming that one should never stop believin’ -- in Google notoriety, that is.
On the People search side, only one deceased celebrity made the list: Irish broadcaster Gerry Ryan. The balance was divided between singers, athletes and eejits: Justin Bieber, Wayne Rooney, Jedward, Kim Kardashian and Cheryl Cole. (You can decide for yourselves which is which.) Miley Cyrus, three years away from her Twerking prime, rounded out the list.
2011: The many sides of Pippa Middleton. Source: Mirror.co.uk
In 2011, some lady married one of the Royals in a big fancy wedding in England, but as far as the Irish were concerned, Pippa Middleton and her perky bottom were the stars of the day – and topped the people search list. By way of contrast, her sister the Duchess trailed behind at number five on the list. Coming in at number four was Apple founder, the late Steve Jobs. The saddest spot on the list is number eight, held by tragic Michaela Harte, who was murdered while on her honeymoon.
In other news, Irish people were still curious about spooning, but their other concerns were divided between Harry Potter trivia (Pottermore) and heath, with searches for Bipolar, Reiki, Thrush and Mono making the list. With the economy in the toilet, they were even more obsessed with getting a bargain, with DoneDeal now getting the top spot in trending topics.
2012: Olympic medalist Katie Taylor. Source: rte.ie
Echoing every teen movie from the 1980s, the Irish people made “What is love” the top question of 2012. This was followed by ruminations on Cloud (the storage technology, not the fluffy white things), Scientology, Instagram and Autism. Alarmingly, the sixth most popular question was “What is Soap?” which doesn’t bode well for those relying on crowded public transport.