Although it’s the beginning of December, it’s that time of year when we all must begin reflecting on what happened during the past year. Not one to be left out of the loop, Yahoo has released its annual “Top” lists, but this time featuring insights from across all its platforms, including its search, Flickr, Tumblr, and its most recent acquisition Polyvore.
The most overall searched term that’s technology-based is the iPhone, which came up in second, while Minecraft placed fifth. However, when you narrow it down by segment, the iPhone 6 placed as the most searched tech this year, followed by Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Interestingly, the iPhone 7 comes in third which is probably because people weren’t expecting it the newest model to be named the iPhone 6s.
Yahoo said that with memories of the glitches and frustrations around Windows 8, the curiosity and promise of Windows 10 led people to query about the latest Microsoft operating system enough that it propelled that search term to number two on the list.
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The rest of the most searched tech gadget list is made up of mostly the usual suspects: Samsung Galaxy s6, the Apple Watch, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, Microsoft Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Amazon Kindle. No emergence of any drones, smart devices, or anything else.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX gets a special nod in this year’s set of lists. A photo of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida became the “top photo” on Flickr in 2015. No other tech-related photograph placed.
Above: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft launched from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for their fourth official Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission to the orbiting lab on Sunday, September 21 at 1:52am EDT. Dragon returned to Earth with a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of southern California on October 25. Dragon is the only operational spacecraft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies back to Earth, including experiments.
But besides tech, what were the top overall searches for 2015 according to Yahoo? The number one query was Bobbi Kristina Brown, the late daughter of singer and actress Whitney Houston. The Jenner and Kardashian clan nearly monopolized this list, with Caitlyn Jenner placing third, her daughter Kendall coming in fourth, and Kim Kardashian placing seventh. Thanks to her halftime performance at this year’s Super Bowl (along with a memorable dance performance by a particular “shark”), Katy Perry placed eighth.
As Yahoo is perhaps seeing itself as a barometer of buzz happening around the Internet, thanks to its ownership of Tumblr, the company felt it was its responsibility to tell the world what were the most obsessed moments of the year were: the top one was, of course, Katy Perry and the Left Shark from the Super Bowl halftime show. Coming in second, even with just a few weeks of buzz since the start of the winter season is Starbucks’ holiday cup fiasco. Man buns were also a hot topic of debate on the Internet. And the debate to practically end all debates — what color was that dress? — placed fourth on the buzz list this year.
There were other list sets provided by Yahoo which you can read on its website. But if you’re a tech person, you’ll enjoy this last one, which is centered around bacon: what exactly were the top bacon recipe searches on Yahoo in 2015? The first result was how to make Brussel sprouts with bacon, while the next two respectively were, bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and German potato salad with bacon.
All of these searches are all based on Yahoo’s numerous online properties, but it’ll be interesting to see how the results stack up against Google if the company opts to release its annual search lists later this month — and what will be the most talked about videos seen on YouTube?