It is that time of year, the Google Zeitgeist has been released and all around the web reports are springing up evaluating our use of online communications during 2011.
In many ways it has been the year of Twitter; from the Arab Spring, to UK Riots Twitter has been at the heart of updating us all on what is happening on the front line. Twitter has continued to increase in popularity so much that even my mum has signed up for account. Tumblr has also seen a huge increase in popularity, and is it me or are certain other blogging sites starting to nab some of their key features?! StumbleUpon is another site which has grown in the past year, maybe we can conclude that we are just bored and addicted to new information.
It has not been good news for everyone. For those of us who were teenagers during the 2000s the inevitable news that MySpace has eventually fallen out of UK’s top 10 social networks should be a little bit sad, MySpace reminds me very much of college with Facebook following me to university.
So that is how we shared information online in the past year, but what is it that we were talking about?
If you have not looked at Google’s review then go and have a look, it nicely sums up lists of our googling over the last year. From Rebecca Black to the Royal Wedding, there are no huge surprises but it does show quite well what has happened in the past year.
Do you have any predictions on online social trends for the 2012? With the Diamond Jubilee, Olympics and potentially the end of the world who knows what we will be talking about.
- Looking Back on 2011 Top Searches with Google Zeitgeist (great-ads.blogspot.com)
- Justin Bieber-Rebecca Black Top Google’s Zeitgeist 2011 List (celebs.gather.com)
- Social network popularity around the world in 2011 (royal.pingdom.com)
- Recap of Social Media Hits in 2011 (socialstrand.com)
- Facebook is Not a Blog (lockergnome.com)
- .@BreakingNews Launches Its Own StumbleUpon Channel (readwriteweb.com)
- MySpace Execs Give Confident Speech, Throw Huge Party, Want To Convince You The Brand Isn’t Dead (businessinsider.com)
- BBC News – Royal wedding tops Google’s Zeitgeist 2011 search list (westudymedia.wordpress.com)
- Social Media Romance: A StumbleUpon Wedding Proposal (socialtimes.com)
- Google Zeitgeist Proves We’re Awful People [Google] (gizmodo.com)