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Sunday 20 April 2014

Property tax, Paul Walker and twerking most searched for terms this year

Paul Walker arrives for the UK Premiere of "Fast and Furious" at Leicester Square, March 19th 2009. Picture by Jonathan Short/LFI
Paul Walker arrives for the UK Premiere of "Fast and Furious" at Leicester Square, March 19th 2009. Picture by Jonathan Short/LFI

Search giant Google announced that Paul Walker, property tax and twerking were among the most popular search terms for Irish users in 2013.

The death of ‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker was the top trending search.

‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith and more recently, the former president of Africa, Nelson Mandela all dominate the top trending searches for Ireland. 

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is the top trending Irish politician while controversial pop star Miley Cyrus is the top trending artist.

The company's annual Zeitgeist takes a look at the top trending and most popular search terms among Irish users on the Internet. 

It offers a reflection of what is occupying the minds of Irish people online. 

With the deadline given for homeowners to indicate how they wished to pay in 2014, ‘Property tax’ was a popular search term on Google, as homeowners searched for more information.

Not all publicity is good publicity and this was certainly the case for some of the entrants in this year’s list of top trending people which includes: Oscar Pistorius, Nigella Lawson, and Amanda Bynes.

The list of trending people was also dominated by famous people who died this year including former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and ‘Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini

With a year dominated by the introduction of the property tax and water meters, Phil Hogan tops the list of trending politicians this year. 

Mick Wallace also landed a spot on the list after an eventful year.

He met with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, his construction company went into receivership and he made headlines for admitting he was caught by a Garda driving while using his mobile phone.

Along with Irish people taking a great interest in what twerking is, other popular words include Snapchat, selfie and catfish.

This is someone who pretends to be someone they're not, using social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.

Breaking Bad, the story of a chemistry school teacher who turns to a life of crime when he is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, has topped the most popular TV shows searched on Google.

Homegrown Irish TV shows which appear include RTE’s successful crime drama Love/Hate and the Rose of Tralee, memorable for its marriage proposal for the New Orleans Rose.

 The Irish love affair with the Eurovision song contest continues as it appears on the list once again.

One Direction, Macklemore and Miley Cyrus were among the most searched for artists.

Oscar-nominated Les Misérables, Django Unchained and Man of Steel were among the most popular movies.

Travel and big events also interested the Irish with ‘Ryanair’, ‘Trivago’, ‘Royal Baby’, ‘Oxegen’ and ‘Eurovision 2013’ all making it into the top ten most popular search terms of 2013. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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