fifa world cup 2014 brazil coinThe world was obsessed with celebrities and sports in 2015 based on Google’s top search trends of 2014. According to Google, the top search of the year was Robin Williams followed by World Cup. Even the top Google Doodles of 2014 were related to sports. The Google Doodles for World Cup 2014 and 2014 Winter Olympics ranked first and second, respectively.

Focusing on people, the top trending search was Jennifer Lawrence (followed by Kim Kardashian – believe it or not), and the top athlete trending search was James Rodriguez (followed by Michael Schumacher). The top search trends related to losses were Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman, in that order. Looking at sports, the top trending searches related to World Cup matches were Brazil vs. Germany followed by Germany vs. Argentina.

Looking at the top trending searches for YouTube videos, sports-related content ranked second (Nike Football: Winner Stays), but the top spot went to Mutant Giant Spider Dog. The top search trends in consumer electronics were iPhone 6, followed by Samsung Galaxy S5, and the top global news searches were Ebola and ISIS, respectively.

Comparing the top trending searches of 2014 worldwide to the top trending searches of 2014 in the United States, there are some similarities as well as some differences:

Top 10 Trending Searches of 2014 – Worldwide

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Malaysia Airlines
  5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  6. Flappy Bird
  7. Conchita Wurst
  8. ISIS
  9. Frozen
  10. Sochi Olympics

Top 10 Trending Searches of 2014 – United States

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Malaysia Airlines
  5. Flappy Bird
  6. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  7. ISIS
  8. Ferguson
  9. Frozen
  10. Ukraine

You can follow the links above to view Google’s full rankings of global search trends and U.S. search trends in 2014. You can narrow individual country results by category, too. For example, a couple of interesting categories in the U.S. results are the most searched places using Google Maps and the most searched for GIFs. Here are sneak peaks of the top five in each category for the United States:

Top 5 Most Searched for GIFs or 2014 – United States

  1.  Miguel Herrera gif
  2. Frozen gif
  3. Luis Suarez gif
  4. Madden gif
  5. Godzilla gif

Godzilla is happy that he ranked as the #5 most searched for GIF in 2014.

Top 5 Most Searched for Places on Google Maps – United States

  1. Walmart
  2. Starbucks
  3. Target
  4. McDonald’s
  5. Home Depot

Google created a great video that highlights what mattered to people around the world in 2014 based on their Google searches. You can check it out below.

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