WhaleTech: Mommy Porn, Batman and Morbidity – Wikipedia Top 10 for 2012

Before you start reading, have a guess to see what you think is the most read article on Wikipedia in 2012. Then check to see if you were right.

10. The Hunger Games (Movie)

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In what turned out to be mostly hype, the 2012 rehash of Running Man certainly got tongues wagging. ¬†Based on a young adult novel by Suzanne Collins, it captured the imagination of the media. ¬†Perhaps the whole¬†apocalyptic backdrop appealed to the “world is ending” meme that dominated 2012.

9. Google

It’s not surprising that the behemoth that is Google is getting its fair share of attention. ¬†Even though a lot is going on, as a company, they don’t “put it out there” like other corporates. ¬†It appears people have been looking for answers.

8. The Dark Night Rises

It’s a reflection on our society that movies are among the Top 10 most read about topics on Wikipedia. ¬†This eagerly awaited Batman movie certainly was eagerly awaited. ¬†Is this interest a reflection of the power of the media? ¬†Or are we just happy to distract ourselves because we don’t want to think about the tough stuff? ¬†Interestingly, that leads to:

7. The 2012 Mayan Calendar / World is ending phenomenon

If you weren’t aware of this one, you were living under a stone. ¬†Never got as much traction as the Y2K problem as most people realised that our world doesn’t end when our calendar runs out, and that was probably true for the Mayan calendar as well. ¬†Still, as a species, we seems to be fascinated with predicting some calamitous end to our existence.

6. 50 Shades of Grey

Were you one of the bewildered wondering what this 50 Shades of Grey thing was that everyone was talking about?  Plenty of people were, and Wikipedia was where they went.  It managed to capture our imagination for a few months, and if not spawned, then at least popularised the phrase Mommy Porn.

5. The Avengers

Another movie makes it to the Top 10.  It certainly suggests Wikipedia use is heavily influenced by US, and perhaps younger people.  It does make you wonder why sources such as the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) are losing out to Wikipedia here?

4. One Direction

Number 4 kind of proves the skew towards youth among Wikipedia Use.  Most of us were blissfully unaware of the latest plastic pop boy band at the start of 2012.  Unless you have you daughters, perhaps. Check out the coiffes on these boys:

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3. Deaths in 2012

In a somewhat morbid and surprising turn, it appears we want to know who left planet earth over the year.  It leads to a list of mostly Notable names include: Norman Schwartzkopf Jr,  Dave Brubeck, Whitney Houston, Mike Wallace, Dick Clarke,Robin Gibb and quite a few more.

2. Wiki

In an “Inception” like way, and perhaps a way that explains the internet in its own terms, Wiki was searched for nearly more than the number 1 search term. ¬† People look up Wiki on Wikipedia?

1. Facebook

Not really a surprise, if you think about it. ¬†With over half a billion subscribers world-wide, it is obviously at the forefront of people’s minds, and they want to know more about it. ¬†Just like people would look for Google and Wiki, Facebook really becomes the obvious choice.

Did you guess it right?

 

 

 

 

 

  • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/ Petal

    Looking at it again, that arrow looks like it’s been added digitally later.

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