The Top Google Searches of 2014

Robin Williams was the most searched for person of the year. Credit: NBC

Robin Williams was the most searched for person of the year. Credit: NBC

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Robin Williams was the most searched for person of the year, according to Google. The company released their annual 'Year in Search' recap this morning.


Good morning on this Tuesday. Google today released their annual ‘Year in Search’ recap of the top search trends. Here’s what we googled in 2014.

Late comedian Robin Williams was the most searched for person of the year. The actor’s death prompted a spike in searches for his movies — and an increase in people seeking information about mental health. Google says searches for “depression,” and “depression symptoms” increased by 3x.

Ebola, the World Cup, Malaysia Airlines and Flappy Bird rounded out the top five search terms of the year. Other headlines — including Ferguson, ISIS and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — were also among the top search trends of the year.

The top questions of the year ranged from “Where is MH370? and “Where is Rosetta?” (referring to the spacecraft that successfully landed a module on a comet four billion miles away from Earth) to “Do dogs dream?” and “Why do dogs eat grass?”.

It was the first year since 2009 that an Apple device didn’t crack the top ten. Tech lovers instead searched for “wearable technology” (which was up 400% over last year), “GoPro,” and “drones.”

And as you may have guessed, Frozen was the most searched for movie of the year, closely followed by The Hunger Games and Gone Girl. Nicki Minaj and Pharrell were the most searched for musicians. 

You can see Google’s full report of 2014’s top search trends here.


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