Whitney Houston was the "top trending" search of the year, according to Google's year-end Zeitgeist report. Google's annual roundup is an in-depth look at the spirit of the times as seen through the Google searches over the past year.
People searched en masse for Houston's accidental drowning in a bathtub before her performance at a pre-Grammy Awards party. Google defines topics as "trending" when they garner a high amount of traffic over a sustained period of time.
PSY's Gangnam Style music video has reached the second spot and is approaching a billion views on YouTube. Superstorm Sandy, that flooded parts of the USA, was third. The next biggest trending searches globally were a pair of threes: the iPad 3 and Diablo 3, a popular video game.
Among the Top 10 were Kate Middleton, the 2012 London Olympics; BBB12, the 12th edition of Big Brother Brasil, with scantily clad men and women living together.
The topmost new popular phrases on Facebook were "TBH (To Be Honest)," "YOLO (You Only Live Once),"SMH (Shake My Head)."