Most Searched Person
Reality star Kim Kardashian beat out Justin Bieber as the top searched for person on Bing in 2012. Kardashian came in second last year behind the pop star.
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Kim Kardashian is the most searched for person on search engine Bing in 2012, beating out Justin Bieber who won the top spot the year before.
Yes, it's that time of year when search engines start to roll out its lists of the most searched for people, news stories and topics of the year. Although celebrities dominated the searches for people in 2012 -- with Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Lindsay Lohan rounding out the top five -- tech-related headlines were actually most sought after, thanks largely in part to buzz and speculation surrounding the launch of the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 was the most searched for news story of the year, but other tech topics including viral YouTube video Gangnam Style Dance (no. 6), Kindle Fire HD (no. 8) and Facebook’s IPO (no. 9) made the top ten.
The iPhone 5 was the most popular consumer electronics term on Bing, 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).
Social, music and games were the most searched apps in 2012, with Pandora nabbing the top spot. Words With Friends and iHeartRadio rounded out the top three.
As for social, it's no surprise Facebook was the most searched for social network this year -- followed by Twitter -- but what's interesting to note is that 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).
Other interesting tidbits include Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney beating President Barack Obama (no. 46) as the 43rd most-searched-for person of the year.
For a full look at Bing's list, click here.
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