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Hang your heads in shame Internet-goers. In a year of revolution and widespread economic distress, the fastest-rising search term on Google was YouTube “sensation” Rebecca Black, known for her awful “Friday” music video.

Google released its 2011 Zeitgeist today, an annual collection of its global search term data. Following Rebecca Black was the budding Google+ social network, and in third place was Jackass star Ryan Dunn, who died in a car crash earlier this year.

As with every Zeitgeist release, Google offers in-depth data about the year’s top 10 search terms. For example, searches for Rebecca Black peaked during the week of March 20th, two weeks after her infamous music video was released. Now isn’t your life more complete knowing that?

Other popular search terms included Casey Anthony, the much-anticipated game Battlefield 3, and the non-existent iPhone 5.

This is the 11th time Google has put together its Zeitgeist, and as always, it never fails to be fascinating. What’s most interesting to me is that you can plainly see the increasing influence of the web on society every year. Even though it didn’t dominate search terms, Google was wise to point out just how much its search engine mattered when it came to tracking the revolutions throughout the Middle East this year.

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