Top Wikipedia searches of 2012 revealed

Top Wikipedia trends for 2012 revealed

The most viewed Wikipedia articles for 2012 have been announced, with research showing the pages which most interested the public last year.

The most viewed article for the English language version was Facebook, with Wikipedia itself and deaths in 2012 making up the top three. The deaths of Whitney Houston, Neil Armstrong, Andy Williams and NFL star Jovan Belcher were some of the most high profile over the year, perhaps adding to the vast numbers of people who browsed this list during 2012, with over 25 million hits in total.

The English top ten also included pop group One Direction, Google and a page predicting the end of the world based on the Mayan calendar. The list featured two of the most popular films of the year, The Hunger Games and The Dark Knight Rises, as well as the bestselling book Fifty Shades of Grey. Many of the English results can be matched to the information included in the fastest growing Google search terms of 2012, recently announced by the search engine giant.

Varied results across the world

Results across the rest of the world were extremely different to the English findings, with only Facebook, Google and One Direction appearing elsewhere. Several languages were topped by the country in which they are most commonly spoken, with Russia, Brazil, Sweden, Romania, Poland and Slovenia amongst the nations with inquisitive populations.

The 2012 Olympics were a surprising omission from the English list but featured heavily elsewhere in the world, with Justin Bieber making the top ten for several nations. The most popular sportsman globally was FC Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, while the sinking of the Titanic was the most researched historical event. The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famous vessel came in 2012, which is the most likely reason for the inclusion of the disaster on several lists across the globe.

Natalie Booth, head of search at theEword commented: "Information such as this at the end of the year is always interesting, allowing curious internet users to discover more on what captured the attention of the public around the world. With the lists containing a mixture of recent events and historical occurrences, it shows that Wikipedia is used both for breaking news and researching the past."