Zeitgeist 2011: 365 Days, 7 Billion People, Infinite Inspiration

Happy New Year!

The end of 2011 marks the completion of the earth’s most recent 365-day journey around the sun and the start of a new 366-day journey on the same orbit (2012 is a leap year).

The past year provided an ample inventory of inspiration against which we can gauge our own lives. One unique barometer by which we can measure what mattered in our lives is Google’s Zeitgeist. What is a zeitgeist?

According to dictionary.com, a zeitgeist is “the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.”

As further explained by Google’s website, “Zeitgeist sorted billions of Google searches to capture the year’s 10 fastest-rising global queries and the rest of the spirit of 2011.”

One unique representation of this data is the video below which allows you to re-live the top events and moments from 2011:

What was most memorable about 2011 for you?