A great last minute gift for any blogger friends struggling with their super important Year In Review think pieces right now would be this interactive map from Google that shows the top searches in 150 cities throughout the world for every day of 2013. It also makes for an interesting stroll through the year for those of us who have ravaged our attention span through social media addiction.
Set the city preference to New York, for example, and you’ll be pleasantly reminded, or irritated, by the things New Yorkers were searching for as the year went by. Rex Ryan tattoo? WTF? Oh right, that thing where he got a Mark Sanchez tattoo. The guy who isn’t the quarterback anymore. Katherine Webb? No idea who that was. *Googles* Oh right, she was Miss Alabama, and dating a college quarterback bro, and we all Googled her when she showed up on the sidelines to figure out if there were any nudes.
Kate Middleton, of course. Oscars, Aaron Swartz, the internet activist who killed himself, Golden Globes, Lance Armstrong, a famous cheater and liar, Manti T’eo, the football player who got catfished, Coachella, unemployment (those two kind of go hand in hand), The Walking Dead, the Grammys, Blue Ivy Carter, NASCAR, Russian meteor, Amanda Knox, Boston bombing, Jason Collins, the NBA player who came out of the closet, Amanda Bynes, Arrested Development, and on and on, every single thing more important than the next.
Give it a spin here for your city and think back fondly on all the things we needed to know right away this year, then promptly forgot.