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Pippa Middleton at Britain's royal wedding in April.
Pippa Middleton at Britain's royal wedding in April.
Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Google Zeitgeist: what have you been searching in 2011?

The search engine has released Ireland’s top searches for this year which included Pippa Middleton, Donedeal and… how to shuffle.
Dec 15th 2011, 9:41 AM 5,347 35

GOOGLE ZEITGEIST has released the top searches made on Google in Ireland in 2011 with “how to shuffle”, Sickipedia jokes, Pottermore and Pippa Middleton all featuring strongly.

The top three celebrities searched in 2011 were Kim Kardashian (whose sister Khloe also made the top ten), Scarlett Johansson and David Beckham.

However, in the fastest-rising people section, princess bride Kate Middleton was beaten by her bridesmaid and sister Pippa, who topped the list. The only Irish entries in the list were Georgia Salpa and the late Michaela Harte who was murdered while on honeymoon in Mauritius in January 2011.

The Irish buying and selling site Donedeal was the fastest-rising search in the country in 2011. The site also performed strongly in the shopping searches category, coming fourth behind big brands eBay, iPad and Amazon.

GAA Fixtures 2011 beat the Rugby World Cup to top this year’s sports searches, while Orlando was the most popular travel destination searched in 2011, followed by ‘Disney’. On that note, warm weather was the common theme among each of the ten most-searched holiday locations.

“How to shuffle” topping the list of “how to…” searches (for which there are about 609 million search results today).

Harry Potter dominated the “What is…” searches with the most popular question in that category in 2011 being “What is Pottermore?” (it’s a new collaborative project launched for Harry Potter fans by author JK Rowling).

Here are the top Google searches in Ireland in 2011:

Fastest Rising Searches

  • Donedeal
  • iPhone 5
  • Rugby world cup
  • Saorview
  • Pippa Middleton
  • Tayto park
  • Imogen Thomas
  • Galway Races 2011
  • Jessie J
  • Steve Jobs

Fastest Rising People

  • Pippa Middleton
  • Imogen Thomas
  • Jessie J
  • Steve Jobs
  • Kate Middleton
  • Casey Anthony
  • Mila Kunis
  • Michaela Harte
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Georgia Salpa

Shopping searches

  • Ebay
  • iPad
  • Amazon
  • Donedeal
  • Argos
  • Digital camera
  • iPod
  • Laptop
  • iPhone 4
  • HP Touchpad

How to…? searches

  • How to Shuffle
  • How to study
  • How to reference
  • How to pronounce
  • How to draw
  • How to flirt
  • How to make
  • How to hack
  • How to crotchet
  • How to meditate

What is…? searches

  • What is pottermore
  • What is spooning
  • What is reiki
  • What is ICT
  • What is bipolar
  • What is dubstep
  • What is thrush
  • What is paypal
  • What is zumba
  • What is mono

Song Lyrics

  • Adele
  • Something like you
  • Rihanna
  • Eminem
  • Your song
  • Love Song
  • Bruno Mars
  • Lady Gaga
  • Friday
  • Justin Bieber

Entertainment

  • Sickipedia jokes
  • Newstalk listen live
  • Ryan Dunn
  • Xfactor 2011
  • Google Guitar
  • Big Brother 2011
  • Jedwards eurovision
  • Batman Arkham
  • City
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Movie Star planet

Celebrities

  • Kim Kardashian
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • David Beckham
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Britney Spears
  • Emma Watson
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Megan Fox
  • Khloe Kardashian
  • Lindsay Lohan

Sports

  • GAA Fixtures 2011
  • RWC 2011
  • PGA Leaderboard
  • Irish Open 2011
  • WWE 12
  • 6 Nations 2011
  • Wimbeldon 2011
  • Copa America 2011
  • USPGA Leaderboard
  • Rory Mcilroy twitter

Travel Destinations

  • Orlando
  • Disney
  • Caribbean Islands
  • Cancun
  • Barbados
  • Maldives
  • Las Vegas
  • Croatia
  • Manhattan
  • Cayman Islands

And in case you still don’t know how to shuffle, here’s a guide:

(Video via TonyTouch831)

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