Rebecca Black, Justin Bieber, and Herman Cain top 2011 Google search lists

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Santa knows what you’ve been Googling all year now, too: According to ABC News, Google released their lists for the top searches in the U.S. for 2011 and Rebecca Black, Justin Bieber, Herman Cain, and the art of planking all ranked the highest in their respective categories, Fastest Rising Searches of 2011, Most Popular People, Fastest Rising Politics Searches, and Fastest Rising Google Image Searches. (In other words, America is officially placed on the naughty and Do Not Call list.)

Fueled by the I-Can’t-Believe-This-Is-Real YouTube phenom that was the “Friday” video (and perhaps some fact-checking to find out if, in fact, “Tomorrow is Saturday and Sunday comes afterward”) newcomer Rebecca Black was no. 1 Google’s Fastest Rising Searches of 2011 list, beating out Google’s own Google+ and topping  some of 2011’s most newsworthy names including Ryan Dunn, Casey Anthony, Adele and Steve Jobs.  Here’s the full list:

Fastest Rising Searches of 2011:

1. Rebecca Black
2. Google+
3. Hurricane Irene
4. Pinterest
5. Ryan Dunn
6. iPhone 5
7. Casey Anthony
8. Adele
9. Osama bin Laden
10. Steve Jobs

Jobs, Dunn, and Anthony were also amongst Google’s Most Popular People, but they were no match for the trio that topped the list, who are, in order, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and Nicki Minaj. See the rest here:

Most Popular People:

1. Justin Bieber
2. Kim Kardashian
3. Lady Gaga
4. Nicki Minaj
5. Casey Anthony
6. Selena Gomez
7. Charlie Sheen
8. Steve Jobs
9. Amy Winehouse
10. Ryan Dunn

Further proof that pizza will get you places, former GOP candidate Herman Cain ranked the highest on Google’s Fastest Rising Politics Searches in 2011. See the rest here:

Fastest Rising Politics Searches:

1. Herman Cain
2. Rep Giffords
3. Obama jobs plan
4. Dominique Strauss-Kahn
5. Cheri Daniels
6. Issue 2
7. Huma Abedin
8. Rick Perry
9. Wisconsin news 2012
10. Republican candidates

As far as things Americans wanted to look at instead of read about (I mean, can you blame them? Reading is overrated. Amiright, people still actually reading this post?!), it was all about planking, Kate Upton, and Mariah Carey’s twins. So, are we all in agreement that 2011 never really happened? Good? Good. Here’s the rest:

Google Images Fastest Rising Searches:

1. Planking
2. Kate Upton
3. Justin Bieber 2011
4. Pippa Middleton
5. Hope Solo
6. Ryan Dunn
7. Mariah Carey twins
8. Rebecca Black
9. Casey Anthony
10. Royal Wedding

Which of these things did you Google in 2011, PopWatchers? What are you surprised not to see on the lists? Share in the comments section below.

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