What Were the Most Popular Google Searches of 2012?

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In 'Zeitgeist 2012,' Google's report on the most popular searches of the year, Trending is defined as "search queries with the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2012 as compared to 2011."

In the United States, the 10th most popular Google search trend of the year was Kony 2012, the title of a controversial short film produced by Invisible Children, Inc. It campaigned to have Ugandan criminal fugitive Joseph Kony arrested, and it went viral, with millions of YouTube views.