Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker top the list of 2013’s most Googled.

Mandela, the former South African leader and renowned human rights activist who left us earlier this month tops the list of the most Googled; this is according to annual data released by Google, last Tuesday.

Google released the data as part of its annual Google Zeitgeist report but did not go as far as to detail the actual number of searches per person.

More on this, the top 10 most-searched are based on the volume of searches while the trending searches are based on the highest number of traffic over a sustained period in the past year, also compared with 2012.


Nelson Mandela

Walker perished in a car crash on November 30 in LA. Monteith on the other hand was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver in July 13.

The others who made it into the top 10 are.

1. Nelson Mandela

2. Paul Walker

3. iPhone 5s

4. Cory Monteith

5. Harlem Shake

6. Boston Marathon

7. Royal Baby

8. Samsung Galaxy S4

9. PlayStation 4

10. North Korea

Walker’s death was the top trending search on Google in the States, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing and Mandela’s passing. Rounding up the top 5 were Cory Monteith and the iPhone 5.

Moving on, Miley Cyrus, the pop singer who introduced many to twerking, was the most searched parson on Google in the US this year. Well Cyrus’ controversial stage act also led “what is twerking?” to top the list of the most searched phrases that start with “what is . . .”


The other musicians dominating this category are.

1. Miley Cyrus

2. Drake

3. Kim Kardashian

4. Justin Bieber

5. Beyoncé

6. Rihanna

7. Taylor Swift

8. Selena Gomez

9. Katy Perry

10. Kanye West

In addition to this Google released the list of the 10 most searched movies and television shows in the US. “Man of Steel”, “Iron Man 3” and “World War Z” top trending movies list while  “Breaking Bad”, “Game of Thrones” and “Orange Is the New Black” lead in the TV list.

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