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article releases top news, political questions & searches of 2011

By Andrew Moran     Dec 1, 2011 in Internet
Oakland - published the top trending search terms and corresponding questions of 2011. "How big was the earthquake in Japan?" was the top news question and "Will Obama get re-elected?" was the top political question.
Remember back in the late 1990s and early 2000s when you used to ask a question to Jeeves from Well, millions of Americans are still asking questions to Jeeves and the search engine released its findings of the top news and political questions of the year.
Digital Journal reported this week of the most-searched news stories of 2011, which was released by Bing. Ask now published its results and it seems when it comes to politics, Americans were inquisitive about politicians’ lives and domestic and international affairs.
President Barack Obama greets children upon arrival in Seattle  Wash.
President Barack Obama greets children upon arrival in Seattle, Wash.
White House photo by Pete Souza
The top news questions varied from natural disasters to the Royal Wedding to the Occupy Wall Street movement to technology.
“Because people come to Ask with specific questions we are uniquely able to understand what’s on consumers’ minds at any given moment, be it pop culture or politics,” said CEO, Doug Leeds, in a press release. “For the first time, we’re looking at the year’s top questions to not only reflect on 2011, but also predict the newsmakers of 2012.”
Ask also released its top nine (or 10) predictions for next year.
What were the top 10 news searches this year?
Tsunami  Pacific coast of Japan March 11  2011. Photo taken March 24  2011
Tsunami, Pacific coast of Japan March 11, 2011. Photo taken March 24, 2011
1) Japan Earthquake & Tsunami – “How big was the earthquake in Japan?”
2) Hurricane Irene – “What caused Hurricane Irene?”
3) Steve Jobs – “How much was Steve Jobs worth?”
4) Royal Wedding – “What did William whisper to Kate on the balcony?”
5) Occupy Wall Street – “Who started Occupy Wall Street?”
6) iPhone – “When will Apple release the iPhone 5?”
7) Osama bin Laden – “Who killed bin Laden?”
8) Casey Anthony – “Where is Casey Anthony hiding?”
9) 9/11 10-year anniversary – “What is happening on the 10th anniversary of 9/11?”
10) Amy Winehouse – “How did Amy Winehouse die?”
Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a med...
Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a media event.
Top 10 political searches and questions:
1) President Barack Obama – “Will Obama get re-elected?”
2) Mitt Romney – “What is Mitt Romney’s religion?”
3) Sarah Palin – “Is Sarah Palin running for president?”
4) Michele Bachmann – “Is Michele Bachmann crazy?”
5) Anthony Weiner – “Where can I find Anthony Weiner’s Twitter pics?”
6) Arnold Schwarzenegger – “Who was Arnold’s mistress?”
7) Gay Marriage – “Which states allow gay marriage?”
8) Iraq Withdrawal – “When will the troops come home?”
9) Iowa Caucus – “When is the Iowa caucus?”
10) Muammar Gadhafi – “Who will lead Libya after Gadhafi?”
For more information on the searches, click here.
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