Google rolls out 'Year in Search' list

Google unveils 2014's top searches.
Google unveils 2014's top searches.

The company names the most-searched terms of 2014. And the winners are ...

Robin Williams, the comic actor who took his own life in August, was the most popular Google search in 2014, according to data released by the search engine.

Google today released its Year In Search list, which tracks the most searched-for terms of the year.

The most popular searches across the world after Williams were: the World Cup; Ebola; Malaysian Airlines; ALS Ice Bucket challenge; Flappy Bird; Conchita Wurst; Isis; Frozen; Sochi Olympics.

The top-trending global news was ebola, ISIS, Malaysia Airlines, Crimea/Ukraine, Ferguson, Gaza and Israel, the Scottish independence referendum, and the Oscar Pistorius trial. The top 10 people were Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Julie Gayet, Tracy Morgan, Renee Zellweger, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Amal Alamuddin and Donald Sterling.

R/GA London created the site for the search engine, and also produced a video highlighting some of the year’s most significant events and popular people.

In 2013, Adam & Eve/DDB created the Zeitgeist videos for Google.

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