AOL's top 2011 Web searches released today includes a variety of categories including news, celebrities, memes, tech gadgets, movies and TV shows. AOL also gathered data on new question-based categories that speak to the phrases most popular in online searches.
"Using our data and insights tools, we captured the pulse of the 2011 online dialogue - from Casey Anthony and Charlie Sheen, to Ted Williams and Lady Gaga, our search results reveal the news, entertainment and pop culture memes that captivated consumers this year," said Francis Lobo, Senior Vice President, AOL Search.
Casey Anthony emerged as the top searched terms, followed by the Gabrielle Giffords shooting and the Royal Wedding.
Charlie Sheen's antics propelled him to the top of the celebrities list, with Justin Bieber and Kate Middleton rounding out the top three most searched celebrities.
AOL gathered new category data this year to offer insight into the most popular questions consumers searched. In the "how" category searchers most often inquired, "How can I pay off my credit card?"; in the "why did" category searchers asked, "Why Did Dick leave Big Brother?"; and in the "is" category, "Is Whitney Houston pregnant?" topped the list.
Top 2011 AOL Search Highlights: (U.S.)
- Casey Anthony Trial
- Gabrielle Giffords Shooting
- Royal Wedding
- Japan Earthquake
- Arab Spring
- Penn State Scandal
- Osama bin Laden Death
- Occupy Wall Street
- Debt Ceiling Debate
- European Debt Crisis
- Charlie Sheen
- Justin Bieber
- Kate Middleton
- Jennifer Aniston
- Kim Kardashian
- Tiger Woods
- Lindsay Lohan
- Amy Winehouse
- Glenn Beck
- Pippa Middleton
- Ted Williams
- Serene Branson
- My Little Pony
- Ancient Aliens
- Nyan Cat
- Rebecca Black Friday
- Tiger Mom
- Barack Obama
- Herman Cain
- Michele Bachmann
- Rick Perry
- Ron Paul
- Mitt Romney
- Newt Gingrich
- Rick Santorum
- Jon Huntsman
- Gary Johnson
Hottest Questions in the U.S.
- How can I pay off my credit card?
- How tall is Katy Perry?
- How can I stop snoring?
- How did Valentine's Day start?
- How do you lock your scroll bar?
- How much is my jewelry worth?
- How many ounces in a gallon?
- How do I change my AOL password?
- How much should I weigh?
- How did Punxsutawney Phil get his name?
- Is Whitney Houston pregnant?
- Is the iPhone 3GS free?
- Is Dolly Parton her real name?
- Is Cancun safe for tourists?
- Is Roseanne Barr a nut farmer?
- Is heartburn a sign of pregnancy?
- Is shingles contagious?
- Is Facebook going to charge?
- Is there life after death?
- Is rosemary good for stretch marks?
- Why did Dick leave Big Brother?
- Why did the original Becky leave Roseanne?
- Why did William and Kate split in 2007?
- Why did Paul Ryan found the Young Guns program?
- Why did the chicken cross the road?
- Why did Glenn Beck leave Fox?
- Why did Ricky Gervais quit Twitter?
- Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?
- Why did my hair thin after giving birth?
- Why did Jerry Lewis leave MDA?
Other top U.S. searches included Harry Potter (Movies); Kentucky Derby (Sports) and Apple iPhone (Tech Gadgets.
- American Idol
- Dancing With the Stars
- Days of Our Lives
- All My Children
- Big Brother
- Young and the Restless
- General Hospital
- Florida Vacations
- Hawaii Vacations
- Costa Rica Vacations
- Bermuda Vacations
- Aruba Vacations
- Belize Vacations
- Ireland Vacations
- Maine Vacations
- Tahiti Vacations
- Alaska Vacations
- Lady Gaga
- Selena Gomez
- Taylor Swift
- Katy Perry
- Nicki Minaj
- Chris Brown
- Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth Wedding
- Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Wedding
- Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed Wedding
- Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo Wedding
- Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell Wedding
- Valerie Bertinelli and Tom Vitale Wedding
- Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally Wedding
- Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh Wedding
- Marie Osmond and Steve Craig Wedding
- Lily Allen and Sam Cooper Wedding
- Apple iPhone
- Apple iPad
- Amazon Kindle
- Barnes & Noble Nook
- Motorola Xoom
- Nintendo 3DS
- Samsung Galaxy
- HP Touchpad
- BlackBerry Playbook
- Garmin Nuvi
- Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
- The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
- Boomerang by Michael Lewis
- Shock Wave by John Sandford
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
- Bonnie by Iris Johansen
Here are the hottest search U.S. vs. U.K. vs. Global:
Hottest News Searches
Hottest Memes of 2011
Hottest Celebrity Searches
For complete list of AOL's global (United States, United Kingdom and Canada) 2011 AOL Search, visit the http://hot.aol.com.