So as the year draws to a close, we thought it would be the perfect time to look back at the internet highlights, and lows, of the past 12 months
Looking back on the year in terms of searches brings back some strong memories.
10. Sochi Olympics
The Olympic Winter Games held this time round in Russia were a success, not only in terms of the country hosting the event well, but the fact that Russia secured 33 medals in the process – 13 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze.
Ah Frozen. The Disney film phenomenon. Released at the end of 2013, Frozen certainly didn’t lose any of its appeal throughout 2014, and if anything it continued to grow from strength to strength. From open air cinema viewings up and down the country to viral YouTube videos of dads singing along to the classic that is ‘Let It Go,’ 2014 was a good year for Disney! (P.S. Frozen 2 is said to be on the way soon…!)
During the past year, we have witnessed some horrors, and some of these continue today – the unrest in the Middle East has not died down, and as such ISIS was the 8th most popular search trend of the year.
7. Conchita Wurst
In the first half of the year, we welcomed back the Eurovision Song Contest – love it or hate it, the contest hit the headlines this year – and no, it wasn’t because the UK actually got some points! Thomas Neuwirth, or more famously known as Conchita Wurst, won the show, but it was the beaded lady part that really got us talking! Thomas dresses up as Conchita as part of his drag queen setup, but his song, ‘Rise like a Phoenix’ was embraced by the nation’s watching and became an anthem for the gay community.
6. Flappy Bird
The only game to feature on the top ten list this year is Flappy Bird. Although it was originally released in May 2013, it was heavily downloaded at the start of 2014 and its popularity grew enormously. In January, it was the most downloaded free game in the Apple App Store and it was raking money in for the developer, with figures suggesting a huge $50K per day due to in-app advertising! However, on the 10th February, the game was removed from the App Store for good as the creator felt guilty that the game was so addictive, and so Flappy Bird was over. (I still have the game on my iPhone and play it occasionally, but I can’t get past my top score of 10! What was your high score?)
5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Did you take part in the biggest global charity event in history? The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, also known as the Ice Bucket Challenge was all about dumping a bucket of ice water on your head, or someone else’s, to promote amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and donate money to the cause.
We enjoyed watching the videos of our favourite celebrities getting ice cold water dumped on their heads, and some of our favourites include:
Russell Brand, Jamie Oliver, Katy Perry, Bill Gates and David Beckham. Note in Russell Brand’s video that he nominated David Cameron – he didn’t do it….instead donating to charity.
4. Malaysia Airlines
Back in March, news reached us that flight 370 had simply disappeared when flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International airport. Endless nights of suffering followed for family and friends of the passengers on boards as well as the rest of the world who were helpless. A rescue mission was deployed almost immediately but with no intel about deviated flight path of the plane or any ideas about where it had gone, it was almost mission impossible. It was later suggested that the plan would ever be found or recovered and that none of the passengers and flight crew on board would be found alive. It truly was one of the darker spells of 2014.
In March 2014, the World Health Organization reported to the rest of the world a major Ebola outbreak in Guinea and before long, the disease had spread further afield to Liberia and Sierra Leone, claiming many lives along the way. The outbreak continues today and is the largest outbreak of the disease that the world has ever seen.
2. World Cup
It happens every four years and has the astounding ability to grip the world, even entertaining those not remotely interested in football! The 2014 Brazil World Cup brought with it some of the most talked about individual events on Twitter, with the demolition on the hosts against Germany as one of the highlights. Other highlights, or lowlights of the World Cup include Robin van Persie’s spectacular flying Dutchman header, England not making it out of the first group stage and Germany becoming the first European team to win the World Cup on South American soil.
1. Robin Williams
Topping this end of year countdown was the terrible news that Robin Williams left us. Suffering with depression following the news that he had the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, Robin left us with memories, wonderful films and laugh out loud jokes. Many RIP images did the rounds on the internet, but none more so than his quote: “You’re only give one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it’.
2014, you have been memorable 🙂
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