The Google Beat for December 17, 2010

Uploaded by Googlebeat on 16.12.2010

Anne Espiritu here with the Google Beat -- bringing you some of the week’s hottest
searches on Google in the US. Just a quick heads that I’ll be gone for the next two
weeks on vacation so I’ll see you all in the New Year!

Now let’s get to the data!
Entertainment seems to have dominated this week’s searches.  

Searches for Christina Aguilera rose 300% as people turned to Google to look for personal
photos that reportedly surfaced on the web driving the term Christina Aguilera photos
to skyrocket 650%.

The term John Lennon was up 190% this week as fans around the world
recognized the 30th anniversary of the rock legend’s death. Related search term Rolling
Stone also rose when the magazine published a never-before-released interview taken just
days before Lennon’s death.

To top off our entertainment-related searches, inception
shot up 70% in Google searches this week. People were specifically interested in an
iPhone app that was released on Dec. 8 as we saw a huge spike for the term inception
app. Inception red box also rose 80% indicating that fans were checking to see if the movie
is available for rent.

In other news, we saw a huge spike for the term Metrodome after
the roof of the Minneapolis sports complex collapsed in a blizzard last weekend. People
in Minnesota and the Dakotas were most likely to search for information about the accident.

finally, we saw a 250% increase in the search term Dream Act as people searched for information
about the bill’s vote in the U.S. Senate. A few of the related search terms include
Dream Act Senate, Dream Act passed and Dream Act House. Searches were most likely to come
from Washington, D.C., Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Utah.

Well, that’s it for this edition
of the Google Beat.  I’m Anne Espiritu, and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday
season and a happy and safe new year!