The search engines are out with the popular search terms for 2014. While this may not be related to instruction, it is interesting to see how search has evolved and you might use this information in a class exercise in January, especially looking at the differences between the search engines in terms of the top topics. Could this be caused by demographics? The device being used to conduct the search? Or, is there another explanation for the variances?
Google has released a video showing the top searches of the year:
The search giant has also provide a page with in-depth coverage of the top search topics.
Microsoft’s Bing has provided a video about their search results, but here is a page that outlines their top search terms of 2014.
The Internet’s original search engine has also released a Top 10 Searches of 2014 list.