On our Google minds in 2015: Lamar Odom, Caitlyn Jenner and Paris, Paris Paris

Lamar Odom, Caitlyn Jenner, the multiplayer game Agar.io and the terrorists attacks in Paris were among the top Google searches in 2015.

On Wednesday Google released its fascinating Year in Search and you might as well give up working for the rest of the day as you geek out on this data.

The Internet firm’s new News Lab offered multiple ways to lose oneself in the data based on trillions of searches. There are ways to slice and dice the top searches – by country, topic, date, subject matter and search terms.

Other firms such as Twitter and Facebook also do Year in Review roundups.

But as the Associated Press points out in its story, there is nothing like Google, which processes two out of every three searches worldwide.

The most searched news event this year – 900 million searches – was on the two attacks in Paris, Wired says. That was double the second most searched term: The Oscars.

One of the most interesting aspects of Google’s presentation is that it can show how news spreads – and how fast.

Simon Rogers, data editor at Google’s News Lab, described how news traveled after the most recent Paris terrorists attack:

The event happened at 18 minutes past 9 pm Paris time, and within a couple of minutes, people started searching. In Paris, people started asking questions about a minute later. In Berlin, it was a few minutes after that. London after that. And you can see the different questions people were asking, and how it spread around the world. There wasn’t actually a story in the mainstream media for about an hour. This is in the hour before a story is covered by international news media—people are searching for it to figure out what’s going on.

Above: The Eiffel Tower after the November 13, 2015 Paris terror attacks. (ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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