The iPhone 5 was the most popular consumer electronics term on Bing this year, followed by the iPad (no. 2), Samsung Galaxy S III/Samsung Galaxy S3 (no. 3), Kindle (no. 4), iPad 3 (no. 5), iPod Touch (no. 6), Xbox (no. 7), PlayStation 3 (no. 8), iPhone 4S (no. 9) and Windows 8 (no. 10).
Most Searched News Story
The iPhone 5 topped another Bing search list too. Buzz and speculation surrounding the launch of the iPhone 5 was the most popular news story, ahead of the 2012 Elections (no. 2), the Olympics (no. 3) and Hurricane Sandy (no. 4). Viral stories such as Honey Boo (no. 5), Gangnam Style Dance (no. 6) and KONY 2012 (no. 7) also made the list. Rounding out the top ten are the Academy Awards (no. 8), Kindle Fire HD (no. 9) and the Facebook IPO (no. 10).
Most Searched Social Network
Facebook was the most searched for social network — followed by Twitter — but struggling platform MySpace came in third, ahead of LinkedIn (no. 4), Tumblr (no. 5), Instagram (no. 6), Reddit (no. 7), StumbleUpon (no. 8), Digg (no. 9) and Klout (no. 10).
Most Searched Song
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” went viral in 2012, but it was no match for Psy’s “Gangum Style,” which was most popular song search of the year.
Most Searched App
Music streaming app Pandora was the most searched for app. Words With Friends and iHeartRadio rounded out the top three.
Most Searched Athlete
It may have been a Super Bowl year for his brother Eli, but Peyton Manning and his comeback to the NFL landed him the top spot. Other popular athletes that made the top five include Tiger Woods (no. 2), Tim Tebow (no. 3), Maria Sharapova (no. 4) and Kobe Bryant (no. 5).
U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney went viral thanks to her “not impressed” face, but she was only the fifth most searched for Olympian during the Summer Games. Tennis gold medalist Serena Williams nabbed the first spot, followed by Lolo Jones (no. 2), LeBron James (no. 3), Michael Phelps (no. 4), Hope Solo (no. 6), Misty May-Treanor (no. 7), Gabby Douglas (no. 8), Usain Bolt (no. 9) and Ryan Lochte (no. 10).