Google reveals fastest growing UK search terms

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Top UK Google searches for the year announced

Google has revealed the top search terms by British users of their service in 2012, with the Google Zeitgeist being topped by searches for Euro 2012 and Whitney Houston.

Other famous names on the list included Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Korean pop singer Psy and X-Factor judges Tulisa and Gary Barlow. Major sporting figures also dominated the listings, with the London Olympic Games and the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine a major factor. As well as searches for Olympics tickets, some of the most commonly searched names from the world of sport were members of Team GB, including Tom Daley, Andy Murray, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Bradley Wiggins.

Away from the Olympics, the most searched sports person was Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a heart attack on the pitch while playing for Bolton Wanderers and was forced to retire from the sport. Wimbledon champion Roger Federer also features, along with Manchester City star Sergio Aguero.

Top news stories reflected by Google

Also present in the top Google trends are names from some of the biggest news stories of the year, with kidnapped April Jones the most commonly searched story. NatWest Online is second on the list, a three day failure for the bank causing many problems to both personal and business users. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are on the list but not in the higher reaches, perhaps due to the American presidential election not taking place until towards the end of the year.

The major technology releases for the year also attracted significant attention, with the latest iPad device near the top for this area. Apple also featured for the latest edition of the iPhone and their court battle with Samsung, whose Galaxy S3 smartphone makes the list.

Natalie Booth, head of search at theEword commented: "The top Google trends always make for fascinating reading, giving an insight into what has captured the interest of the public over the last year. It seems clear that 2012 will be remembered as a truly great year for sport, with technology and new devices clearly becoming more and more relevant to a large percent of the population."