The 50 Most Wikipedia’d People in 2012

The Olympics kicked off in July, Obama was re-elected on November and it was the most successful year at the Hollywood box office ever. With all the big news stirring on the web it will be interesting to see which person ruled the internet this past year. Wikipedia offers an accurate representation of how the internet searched in 2012 so based off their list of the 1,000 most searched terms of the year, we can tell you who was the king of the web in 2012.

So how did we get the list of 1,000 most searched terms on Wikipedia? Glad you asked! The non-profit search giant does not formally release a list of most searched topics of the year but, luckily for us, a Swedish tech wiz named Johan Gunnarsson came to the rescue.

We saw Johan written up in BusinessInsider for releasing the 10 most searched terms of the year saying he was able to produce this list by analyzing “a bunch of script and programs that download and process traffic logs from Wikipedia, to find the pages with greatest uptrend in page views the last day.” So we got in touch with Johan and he was was nice enough to release to us, exclusively, the 1,000 most searched topics on Wikipedia of 2012.

We then broke this list of 1,000 topics down into a list of people, giving us an accurate list of the internet popularity content in 2012. Without further adieu, here are the 50 most searched men on Wikipedia of 2012 in English speaking countries. As a note, the list of 1,000 most search terms reflects searches up to December 28, 2012 and if you’d like to see the full list click here.


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