What the World Googled in 2013: Does Zambia Make the Cut?

Google-Zeitgeist-2011Zeitgeist is the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. These days our ideas and beliefs are reflected through the internet. Naturally, Google is on top of things telling us what the world searched in 2013 as they consistently have done through Google Zeitgeist. The Google Zeitgeist is a portal used to view a collection of lists of the most frequent search queries on the World Wide Web.

With only 1 days and a half left before the New Year, we are curious to know what the world googled in 2013. Not surprisingly, Zambia did not make the cut for countries which trended on search queries. With only 13 out of 100 people in Zambia being internet users, the chances of our country contributing towards a global trend are very slim. Or are they? In fact, the only African countries who made the list were Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and of course South Africa.

Here is a snippet of the global Top Charts from Google Zeitgeist:

Top Trending:

  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Paul Walker
  3. iPhone 5s
  4. Cory Monteith
  5. Harlem Shake

How to:

  1. Twerk
  2. Fight
  3. Survive
  4. TUTT
  5. Drawing

Consumer Electronics

  1. iPhone 5s
  2. Samsung Galaxy S4
  3. PlayStation 4
  4. Xbox One
  5. Nexus 5


  1. Man of Steel
  2. Iron man 3
  3. World War Z
  4. Django unchained
  5. Despicable Me 2


  1. Boston Marathon
  2. Typhoon Haiyan
  3. Government Shutdown
  4. 2014 FIFA World Cup
  5. Chinese New Year

Do these lists surprise you or were they a no-brainer? For instance, I am shocked that twerking made the list… not! Which things did you hope to see/not see among the top five or what did you search for that has/has not made it on the lists?

Charts courtesy of: google.com/zeitgeist