Singer Whitney Houston, who died in February, was the most Googled celeb in 2012, closely followed by her Royal Duchessness, Kate Middleton.

Five-year-old April Jones, the Welsh girl who went missing in October, was the 4th most searched for term in the UK as the nation searched and spread the word about her sudden disappearance. 46-year-old Mark Bridger is currently in prison awaiting trial for her murder.

One big surprise is that the most searched for event wasn’t the Olympics – the term ‘Olympics tickets’ made it to #2 slot – but Euro 2012.

Streaming films online was a big trend for 2012 with Netflix hitting the 6th most searched spot. Netflix announced that it had gained it’s 1 millionth subscriber in August. Gadget fans pushed the iPad 3 into the top ten when Apple brought out its third generation tablet.

The top UK Google results

1. Euro 2012
2. Olympic tickets
3. Whitney Houston
4. Kate Middleton
5. April Jones
6. Netflix
7. NatWest Online
8. iPad 3
9. Gary Barlow
10. Gangnam style

The top ten search terms are arranged to exclude year-on-year repeated favourites to create a picture of the most popular.

Also revealed was the most searched for ‘what is?’ phrase in the UK this year: ‘What is love?’ Awwww.

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