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Google Year In Search 2014

Google released their search trends for 2014 this week, and have accompanied it with a video that celebrates the unwavering optimism of human nature - based, of course, on our search results from this past year.

The video, set to Peter Robinson and Amy Millan's "Divinity", celebrates individual achievements such as Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize, acknowledges global events such as the Ebola scare and the World Cup, and pays homage to notable celebrity losses Joan Rivers, Maya Angelou and Robin Williams.

Google's message is clear and empirical: despite some of the devastating and troubling things that have taken place in the world over the past year alone, people reach for knowledge, connections and passions before they go looking for fear and bad news.

Some might question the use of our search data to define who we are as a species, but when the results are as powerfully optimistic as this, it's one of the most comfortable things people living in the rise of the Digital Age can see.

Some of the lists of trends can be seen below, including the biggest search trends of this year.

 Searches

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Malaysia Airlines
  5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  6. Flappy Bird
  7. Conchita Wurst
  8. ISIS
  9. Frozen
  10. Sochi Olympics

People

  1. Jennifer Lawrence
  2. Kim Kardashian
  3. Julie Gayet
  4. Tracy Morgan
  5. Renee Zellweger
  6. Jared Leto
  7. Lorde
  8. Matthew McConaughey
  9. Amal Alamuddin
  10. Donald Sterling

YouTube Videos

  1. Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega)
  2. Nike Football: Winner Stays. ft. Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Ibrahimović, Iniesta & more
  3. FIRST KISS
  4. The Voice IT | Serie 2 | Blind 2 | Suor Cristina Scuccia - #TEAMJ-AX
  5. iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test
  6. Bars & Melody - Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer act | Britain's Got Talent 2014
  7. Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial -- "Puppy Love"
  8. Devil Baby Attack
  9. Goku vs Superman. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3.
  10. 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman

You can check out a much more comprehensive list of categories over at Google Trends - and if you're feeling especially nostalgic, you can revisit yearly trends recorded by the site for as far back as 2001.

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