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The South African internet in 2013 was dominated by Nelson Mandela.

Google has released its annual Zeitgeist report from 2013 and the late former president is at the top of many lists.

Also featuring large on the SA landscape were Oscar Pistorius and Reeve Steenkamp; Julius Malema’s EFF; BBM for Android and twerking.

A press release from Google says that “zeitgeist” is a German word meaning “the spirit of the times.”

“Google often celebrates this spirit by revisiting the week's/month's/year's top searches around the world. From most searched travel destinations, to trending celebrities, to most searched athletes, to top tech gadgets, and everything in between, these lists give us insight into the curiosities that are capturing South Africa's attention,” said Google.

The giant search engine says it creates the lists using a combination of tools that provide insight into global, regional, past and present search trends in aggregate. “Much of the data is informed by Google Trends, a publicly available tool that displays relative search volume across geographies, time periods and queries. We've also filtered out spam, irrelevant queries and repeated queries so our lists can best reflect the “spirit of the times”.”

The Google searches are organised in two two categories: 'Trending' vs 'Most Searched'?

“The “trending” queries are the searches that had the highest amount of traffic over a specific period, while the “most searched” queries are simply the most popular terms for for a specific period, ranked in order by volume of searches.

From what gadgets and gizmos were trending, to what styles were hot, to which athletes inspired us, Zeitgeist showcases what captures the world's attention through the lens of Google Search.

 

 

South Africa Trending: Overall

1.nelson mandela

2. oscar pistorius

3. paul walker

4. defencex

5. vuyo mbuli

6. olx

7. standard bank internet

8. bbm for android

9. reeva steenkamp

10. royal baby

 

 

South Africa Top Trending: People

1. nelson mandela

2. oscar pistorius

3. paul walker

4. vuyo mbuli

5. reeva steenkamp

6. cory monteith

7. baby jake matlala

8. kim kardashian

9. burry stander

10. lance Armstrong

 

South Africa Top Trending: Global men

1. nelson mandela

2. oscar pistorius

3. paul walker

4. vuyo mbuli

5. cory monteith

6. baby jake matlala

7. burry stander

8. lance armstrong

9. baba jukwa

10. charlie hunnam

11. khuli chana

12. vuyo mokoena

 

South Africa Top Trending: SA men

1. nelson mandela

2. oscar pistorius

3. vuyo mbuli

4. baby jake matlala

5. burry stander

6. khuli chana

7. mandla mandela

8. vuyo mokoena

9. kurt darren

10. norman tloubatla

11. francois botha

 

South Africa Top Trending: Global women

1. reeva steenkamp

2. kim kardashian baby

3. margaret thatcher

4. melissa bachman

5. savita mbuli

6. amanda bynes

7. dakota johnson

8. nigella lawson

9. celine dion

10. anene booysen

 

South Africa Top Trending: SA women

1. reeva steenkamp

2. savita mbuli

3. anene booysen

4. mandy rossouw

5. khuli roberts

6. caster semenya

7. mamphela ramphele

8. mpisane

9. thandi maqubela

10. vega gupta

 

South Africa Trending: Sportspeople

1. oscar pistorius

2. baby jake matlala

3. burry stander

4. lance armstrong

5. gareth bale

6. mayweather

7. caster semenya

8. mesut ozil

9. david moyes

10. sachin tendulkar

 

South Africa Most Searched: SA sportspeople

1. Oscar Pistorius

2. Chad le Clos

3. Cameron van der Burgh

4. Mark Boucher

5. Siphiwe Tshabalala

6. Ernie Els

7. Ryk Neethling

8. Jacques Kallis

9. Sunette Viljoen

10. Graeme Smith

 

South Africa Trending: Politicians

1. mamphela ramphele

2. mmusi maimane

3. lindiwe mazibuko

4. patricia de lille

5. trevor manuel

6. gwede mantashe

7. blade nzimande

8. nkosazana dlaminizuma

9. cyril ramaphosa

10. helen zille

 

South Africa Most Searched: Politicians

1. Jacob Zuma

2. Julius Malema

3. Thabo Mbeki

4. Lindiwe Mazibuko

5. Mamphela Ramphele

6. Helen Zille

7. Cyril Ramaphosa

8. Blade Nzimande

9. Gwede Mantashe

10. Trevor Manuel

 

South Africa Most Searched: SA comedians

1. Trevor Noah

2. Barry Hilton

3. Nik Rabinowitz

4. Loyiso Gola

5. Marc Lottering

 

EVENTS

 

South Africa Trending: Regular events

1. afcon

2. dakar

3. easter

4. wimbledon

5. budget speech

6. durban july

7. oscars

8. ramadan

9. icc champions trophy

10. cape epic

 

South Africa Trending: Events

1. nelson mandela

2. paul walker dies

3. boston bombing

4. reeva steenkamp funeral

5. red october

6. gupta wedding

7. costa concordia

8. pinetown accident

9. zimbabwe elections

10. vuyo mbuli funeral

 

South Africa Trending: Sports events

1. afcon

2. dakar

3. icc champions trophy

4. wimbledon

5. cape epic

6. confederations cup

7. australian open

8. wrestlemania

9. super rugby

10. warrior race

 

South Africa Trending: Holidays

1. easter

2. ramadan

3. public holidays

4. diwali

5. chinese new year

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

South Africa Trending: TV series

1. idols sa

2. masterchef south africa

3. doctor who

4. isibaya

5. arrow

6. ray donovan

7. bba the chasse

8. the originals

9. american idols 2013

10. revenge season 3

 

South Africa Most Searched: TV series

1. Suits

2. Vampire Diaries

3. Game of Thrones

4. Generations

5. Revenge

6. Revolution

7. Glee

8. Masterchef Australia

9. Supernatural

10. Breaking Bad

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

South Africa Trending: Technology

1. bbm for android

2. wechat

3. samsung galaxy s4

4. blackberry 10

5. ios 7

6. bitstrips

7. iphone 5s

8. samsung galaxy s3

9. xbox one

10. fifa 14

 

South Africa Trending: Gaming

1. fifa14

2. atari breakout

3. gta v

4. kings of chaos

5. simcity

 

MUSIC

 

South Africa Trending: Music artitsts

1. swedish house mafia

2. vuyo mokoena

3. khuli chana

4. kurt darren

5. bon jovi

6. celine dion

7. robin thicke

8. metallica

9. ariana grande

10. katy perry

 

OTHER

 

South Africa Trending: Online shopping

1. olx

2. zando

3. spree

4. computicket south africa

5. style 36

South Africa Trending: FADS

1. harlem shake

2. twerking

3. gangman style

4. wrecking ball

5. minions

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS

 

South Africa Trending: Regional and local politics

1. eff

2. red october

3. budget speech 2013

4. mamphela ramphele

5. zimbabwe elections

6. agang

7. vavi

8. kenya elections

9. dina pule

10. uhuru Kenyatta

 

FINANCE

 

South Africa Trending: Banking.Finance

1. standard bank

2. absa

3. nedbank

4. wonga

5. capitec

 

 

EDUCATION

 

South Africa Trending: Education

1. unisa south africa

2. puff and pass

3. up portal

4. tmlearn

5. ukzn email

6. school terms

7. school holidays 2014

8. bursaries for 2014

9. wits sakai

10. glenvista high school

 

MEDIA

 

South Africa Trending: Media

1. power fm

2. enca

3. maroela media

4. ann7

5. news24 online

 

 

HOW TO

 

South Africa Trending: How to

1. twerk

2. fight

3. survive

4. tutt

5. drawing

6. massage

7. dance

8. skip

9. kickflip

10. code

 

WHAT IS

 

South Africa Trending: What is

1. twerking

2. ecommunication

3. instagram

4. christmas

5. lte

6. sake

7. refugee

8. seo

9. monsanto

10. research. IOL

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