Netflix more popular than iPad 3: Google Zeitgeist 2012 results

The 2012 Google Zeitgeist list has been published, once again showing the most searched for people, events and objects in the UK for the past year.

Two major sporting events topped the list, although the Olympics was, unexpectedly, pipped to the post by Euro 2012 - the European football tournament held in Poland and Ukraine. Sporting heroes failed to make the top ten overall, but Andy Murray was the most popular in his category, having won Olympic gold, been beaten in the Wimbledon final, and finally winning his first Grand Slam tennis title at the US Open.

The late Whitney Houston was the most searched-for person this year, while Bing's most popular celeb of 2012, Tulisa, was beaten into the top ten by her X-Factor co-judge, Take That member Gary Barlow.

However, in tech terms, the most interesting result is that Netflix - ranked sixth - was the subject of more searches than Apple's iPad 3. Of course, the iPad 3 only had about six months in the spotlight, but we're sure the movie streaming service will be thrilled.

Oh, and Gangnam Style reached the top ten, naturally, and was the number one searched-for song as well as hitting number one in the singles chart.

Interestingly, the top trending TV show was kids' programme Mike the Knight, which beat Game of Thrones, Homeland, The Only Way is Essex, the lot. We're quite fond of that fact.

The top ten Trending Searches 2012:

1. Euro 2012
2. Olympic tickets
3. Whitney Houston
4. Kate Middleton
5. April Jones
6. Netflix
7. Natwest online
8. iPad 3
9. Gary Barlow
10. Gangnam Style