Once again, Google has provided a snapshot of the people and topics that have been on our collective minds this year, with their Year in Search for 2014. Three of the top of four were mega-downers: Robin Williams was the top trending term, followed by World Cup, Ebola, and Malaysia Airlines.
Google came up with a new morose search category, “Trending Celebrity Losses,” which included Jan Hooks, Maya Angelou, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joan Rivers, but sadly not Kim or Kanye.
My favorite compilation (aside from Top Fashion model—Kate Upton! LINK: http://www.style.com/trends/industry/2014/top-searched-models-trends-2014 ) is always the trending questions on the “How to …” list, which this year included “How to Airdrop,” “How to contour,” “How to Kiss” (Tops in London), and my absolute favorite, ”How to vote.” There is hope, perhaps, for the future … and change.
Here’s the final list. Hopefully your own (aside from Googling your own name) includes more positive and pleasant searches, like Best Beaches, How to Volunteer, and How to Make Eye Contact in the new Era of Digital Madness.
Journalist Michael A. Stusser has written for mental_floss, the New York Times, Village Voice and Seattle Weekly. His “Digital Madness”column appears in the Good Men Project. He is also the author of The Dead Guy Interviews (Penguin USA). www.michaelstusser.com