Entertainment beats politics in top Google searches for 2012

Entertainment beats politics in top Google searches for 2012
Asamoah Gyan and teammates perform Azonto dance in goal celebration, 2012

Google has released its annual Zeitgeist report, which provides a look at the year 2012 based on Google searches conducted in Ghana.

According to the report, Ghanaians were more interested in entertainment than , even though the country was just a few days away from one of the most competitive elections in its history.

Searches for terms like ‘Azonto dance' and ‘Sarkodie' were more popular than any presidential candidate or political party.

Other popular searches included Whitney Houston and Eddie Murphy, whose death hoax was circulating on social networking sites.

The search trends suggest that Ghanaians care about the craft and well-being of their favourite stars.

In addition to entertainment, Ghanaians also searched for sports-related terms, such as ‘Usain ', ‘Olympics 2012′, ‘Euro 2012 fixtures' and ‘Van Persie'. These searches indicate that Ghanaians have a strong love for sports, particularly football.

The report also revealed that Ghanaians are using technology and the internet to stay connected with friends and family. Popular technology-related searches included ‘Gmail sign in', ‘WhatsApp', ‘Samsung Galaxy S3′, ‘Facebook (fb)', and ‘Trader'.

Overall, the report highlights the top trends in Ghana, based on billions of search queries received by Google.

Some of Ghana's most popular searches for the year 2012

  1. Azonto Dance
  2. fb.com
  3. 2012
  4. Euro 2012 fixtures
  5. Sarkodie
  6. Whitney Houston
  7. Eddie Murphy
  8. Trader
  9. Usain Bolt
  10. WhatsApp
  11. Samsung Galaxy S3
  12. BET Awards 2012
  13. iPhone 5

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