How do you measure a year?
12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525600 minutes?
How about Google searches?
Below are a list of the most popular Google trends of 2014. These are the things that shaped our year into what it was, the losses, the victories, the charity, the competition and the game that got everyone a little too addicted.
Top trending searches:
1. Robin Williams
On August 11th 2014 news broke that Robin Williams had taken his own life after struggling with depression for many years. Hugely admired and loved the world over, Williams left a legacy in movies, comedy and kindness.
During his lifetime not only did he give us some of our favourite characters in Mrs Doubtfire and Genie in Aladdin, but he performed to over 100,000 troops in fighting abroad and raised millions of dollars for charity.
2. World Cup
The 2014 World Cup, hosted by Brazil, came to its climax on 13th July when Germany took on Argentina for the title, Germany leaving victorious with the world cup in hand after a 1-0 win.
The competition gave us the all-time highest-scoring semi-final, with Germany beating the hosts 7-1.
With 64 games, 171 goals and over 2.2 billion Google searches, 'world cup 2014' was the third-highest searched in 2014 and the most searched sporting event in history.
An infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus ( Ebola virus), whose normal host species is unknown.
The first cases of Ebola were reported in Guinea back in March and quickly began to spread to neighbouring countries, but it wasn’t until cases hit outside of Africa in August that searches began to hit a global scale.
Early in November, The World Health Organisation announced the formal trial of a Canadian experimental vaccine, which cured two Ebola patients in the US.
4. Malaysia Airlines
On 8th March this year Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 lost contact with ground control 1 hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. After 5 hours without contact the aircraft was reported missing.
The search for the flight has been expanded to cover 60,000km2 with conspiracy theories running wild after another Malaysia Airlines Flight, MH17, was struck down by a missile over Ukraine in June.
9 months on the search continues, with ever growing support and prayers around the world.
5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disorder that damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. In August over $100 million was raised for the ALS Association and related charities, with celebrities from David Beckham to Oprah Winfrey taking part and donating.
6. Flappy Bird
Developed in Vietnam by Dong Nguyen, Flappy Birs started gaining popularity peaked in February, at which point the developer took the game off of the market after worrying about its over addictive nature. Phones with the original game on them sold for thousands online, while dozens of copy cat versions appeared on the Android and Apple stores, such as Happy Bird, Floppy Bird, Clumsy Bird and Flappy Fish.
7. Conchita Wurst
May bought us the 59th Eurovision Song Contest. 37 countries participated in the competition held in Copenhagen but the winner this year came from Austria.
Conchita Wurst stole the show and left us all talking after her performance of Rise Like a Phoenix. Often refered to as the bearded lady, She has become an LGBT Icon.
She has been quoted saying "The beard is a statement to say that you can achieve anything, no matter who you are or how you look." And since winning Eurovision, album and concert ticket sales soared.