Although 2013 has already produced unforgettable music moments, Google has already put down 2012’s Top 5 Song Searches in Google’s record books. New records have been set, dance moves introduced, and racy moments forever etched in our minds.
The year isn’t over yet and we already have a list of songs that have secured their place on the top 10 list of most searched songs on Google for 2013. Looking back at last year’s top 10 most searched songs list, 2013’s is going to look very different. Let’s take a look at 2012’s top five most searched songs.
- [list style=”bl”]”Gangnam Style” easily secured the number one spot of the most searched song on Google for 2012. With over 1 billion views on YouTube, it was the 18th single by the South Korean musician, Psy. The lead single of his six studio album “Psy 6 (Six Rules)”, the song was released in July 2012 and debuted at number one on South Korea’s Gaon Chart before making its way to the United States. In December 2012, its music video became the first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views. As of October 2013, the video has been viewed over 1.8 billion times and is the site’s most-watched music video of all time.
- Coming in at number two is “Call Me Maybe” by Canadian singer and songwriter , Carly Ray Jepsen. Jepsen was one of the first musical artists to be signed to Justin Bieber’s record label. The song was originally written as a folk song and then modified to a pop song before being recorded. It was released in September 2011 as the first single from her album “Kiss.” Carly Ray Jepsen made her United States television debut on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and then performed her hit song again at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. “Call Me Maybe” was the best-selling single worldwide in 2012, selling over 10 million copies.
- “Blow Me One Last Kiss” takes the number three spot on Google’s 2012 most searched songs list. The song is recorded by musical artist and song writer Pink. The single came from her sixth studio album called “The Truth About Love.” Pink ranks third among women with the most top ten singles since the year 2000. During its second week, the song went from number 58 to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100’s list. It premiered on VEVO in July 2013 and its massive success gave it a secure spot on Google’s most searched songs list.
- Following Pink’s success is the song “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth and featuring Emeli Sande. It was released as the sixth single from Labrinth’s debut album in October 2012. The song peaked at number one on the United Kingdom singles chart, selling over 100,000 copies in its first week of release, and becoming the singers number one single. The song also became his first top 40 hit on the United States Billboard Hot 100 list. After its release, the song gained in popularity and was searched millions of times making it number four on Google’s 2012 most searched songs lists. As of October 2013, the hit single has over 63 million views.
- The official Olympics song takes the number five spot on Google’s top 10 most searched songs list of 2012. The song was recorded by the English alternative rock band Muse. Although it did not reach the same incredible YouTube success as the other four of 2012’s top five songs, “Survival” by Muse still makes it to the number five spot due to the overwhelming number of Google searches for “the official Olympic song.” The song’s music video features a montage of past Olympic events including both celebratory and disappointing.[/list]
The second half of the top 10 most searched songs on Google’s list include Adel’s “Skyfall”, “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye, “We Are Young” sung by the group Fun, “Too Close” by Alex Clare, and “212” sung by Azealia Banks. These songs, along with many others, dominated the Google searches in 2012.
Although there are already clear candidates for 2013’s top 10 list, there is always room for a surprise late bloomer that could knock somebody off the list. All they have to do is capture Google searcher’s attention.
Privacy is important to all of us. It’s understandable that we don’t want our personal information available to anyone and everyone. With more and more of our lives being spent online we can’t help but wonder how private our lives really are. Should we be worried about our privacy as we search the web? Let’s take a look at what search engines really know about us.
Each of us has an IP address that can be identified on every site we visit. The IP address doesn’t give away personal information about us. You could look at it as your internet address, or your domain. An “unresolved” IP looks like a domain and includes information like, location, and internet provider. Let’s say however, that you work for a company who names computers after their users; for example, jane.smith.companyname.com. This is rare and doesn’t give away anything more than a name. The most a search engine will ever know is that someone who lives in Texas and uses an identified server visited the site.
Cookies are very helpful to search engines like Google in that they give search engines insight into where your IP address pops up. They help search engines know how often users visit their site. They also give insight on each person’s behavior. These insights are available for every website owner who chooses to keep track of this data. In a nut shell, it’s a business strategy. Search engines want to know what people are interested in so that they can offer more of it.
To search engines you need to be one easily identifiable individual. This is where cookies come in. When your browser talks to Google it does so using a unique numeric ID. This is how search engines know who you are. These sites still have no personal information of yours. It simply recognizes your computer. Because, after all, your entire household could be using one computer and a site would have no way of knowing who is using it at any given moment. Cookies should not be considered a threat. They are simply gathering information about sites (not necessarily you). Its job is to report back and tell site owners what is popular and relevant to users.
Now let’s say that you give personally identifiable information to a search engine. Personally identifiable information, also known as PII, means that a company has personal information that lets them know who you are. When it comes to Google cookies, Google has no idea who you really are. They don’t know if you have blond hair or red hair, if you’re short or tall, if you are male or female. They have no idea. They only know your browser.
However, in another example, say that you are a Yahoo user and you created an account with them; giving your name, address, age, and additional information. This lets Yahoo know who you really are. Yahoo now has personal identification information on you. This means that when you’re logged in, Yahoo, or any other search engine where you’ve logged in, has your search information and your login information.
The next step for search engines is personalized search results. The first attempt at personalized search results was a flop. Yet, just because it didn’t work out the first time doesn’t mean it won’t be attempted again. Search results for this give users customized results based on their age, sex, and other personal information. Thankfully, this would require search engines to need registration from users which means that you could opt out simply by not signing up.
We’ve already seen some personalization with the search engine Bing that uses social media accounts to share with searchers what their friends are interested in and if they’ve done a similar search. We also see searches related to our current locations, giving us results in our area. For example, if you search “seafood restaurant” on Google, local results will come up in the search results.
Google and Yahoo (along with other search engines) do not collect personal information on you without your knowledge. As we covered before, creating an account with a search engine does in fact give them your personal information. Any information that Google and Yahoo collect from your account is not disclosed to a third party as stated in their privacy policies. When you do a search on Google that information is recorded. Google records the search, the time of day, the browser type, your internet address, and user ID. All of which is anonymous information. Google also does not give search histories to third parties. If you see personalized ads in your searches, that is the cookies at work.
When a company only knows you by your cookie ID you are completely anonymous. It’s only when you login to a user registration system that you become a real live individual, at which point you’ve given up your anonymity. This may sound scary, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Search engines like Google and Yahoo are big brands that are trusted by many users. These companies, along with others, have a reputation to keep up and are not looking to break the trust that their customers have in them. In the end, it’s up to you on whether you wish to keep your anonymity or not.
Have you ever received a call from an unknown number and wondered who it was? Maybe you missed the call or wanted to know who it was before you called back. We all have those unknown calls that we just don’t want to answer, but sometimes we’re just curious about who was on the other line.
Most of us have used a site such as Yellowpages or whitepages to search company or residential phone numbers by name, but what about the various reverse phone lookup sites? Do they work? Are they accurate, and what are the costs?
How Can I Find Who Owns a Number?
The popular search term that often comes up in Google instant search when you start typing reverse phone, is known as “reverse phone lookup”. This enables users searching the internet to find a website that can get a phone trace performed.
Generally, results include the owner name, address, phone issuing location, phone carrier, and line type. Sometimes social networks, emails, and more are also added to results. Sites promise accurate, up-to-date information to instantly show after a search. This is what reverse phone lookup sites promise, but do they deliver?
The majority of the time, after a search is done, a reverse phone lookup site will excitedly tell you that they have found information for the phone number you have entered. The “read report” button, when clicked, displays a free trial offer, or full report purchase option. The most a phone number search site will give is the original a phone carrier or location (typically called the “rate center”) which has nothing really to do with where the phone actually is used. More often than not, you’re looking for a name and often, this information falls short. And, even more often, many sites try to sell you information that is available from phone books or free reverse phone lookup sites.
White pages search results display the area code, carrier, phone number, city, state, zip, and time zone of the phone number. You probably already know the area code and full number which you most likely entered in the search bar. The city and state is a given because you most likely have the area code. The helpful information here that can help narrow down your search is the carrier. Sites like anywho.com and Yellow Pages display a note below the search bar saying “cell phone numbers are not available.” This drastically narrows down the search ability.
In this day and age, even some businesses are run from cell phones. So what is the best way to find information on your missed phone call? Sometimes searches on sites like Google, Yahoo, or Bing turn up better results than most reverse phone lookup sites. A quick search for a random cell phone number entered into the search bar can sometimes find information including social media accounts and email addresses. These results all depend on how much information someone has placed online and if they’ve included their phone number. This search tactic can be a hit or miss, but when it works you’ve got the information you’re looking for.
Should I Pay to have a Number Researched?
Maybe you’re thinking about paying the fee, (which can sometimes be as low as $0.99) that some sites ask for, promising they have more information on the number you searched. These fees are often promoted as discounted, unmatched, or special one-time prices. If you’re willing to take the gamble then it may pay off, but if you want to save yourself some frustration, pass up the special offer. Chances are it will not be money well spent and you’ll end up having to cancel future charges from fine print trial offers.
In reality, most numbers these days are unlisted or non-published. These numbers don’t show up in any published phone directory or phone book. It wouldn’t be smart for a business to have an unlisted number so this only pertains to residential numbers. Anyone can request that their number be unlisted and since the rise in popularity of phone solicitors, many people don’t want their number published.
Because of this, standard reverse phone lookup databases can’t offer detailed information on phone numbers. They simply have no way of retrieving that data for themselves, let alone for others. If you really want to find out who owns a phone number, our recommendation is to pass up the “special offer” sites, do a little digging on the search engines; try a couple of different free reverse phone lookup sites and if your searches don’t turn up anything, remember that the reality is, it’s most likely not available for free.
Keep in mind that some websites, especially SearchBug use a multitude of databases including LNP, CNAM, public records, private data feeds with phone records, plus a variety of “premium phone records” and combine them with algorithms to try and locate the most reliable information possible. If information is not available via all these online databases, then SearchBug offers advanced assisted searches where private investigators can dig even deeper to get accurate results.
Thanks to modern technology and the plethora of family research sites and databases, the average person is able to explore where they came from and delve into their family history. Many people are finding their way back to their first ancestors that stepped foot in the United States and others are even going beyond that, back to the country from which their ancestors came.
In the past, this research was done by book or long hours of searching public records at county and city buildings. Today, the same records are being accessed, but can be done without ever leaving your home. Database searches can be done on birth records, death records, a ship’s passenger list, census records that have been made public, marriage records, immigration records, and military records. All of the records provided are complements of the contributions by individuals, companies, and governments. There are, of course, many other criteria that can be searched as well.
With all of the sites available online, a person can get overwhelmed with choosing the right one. One tip is that there are many free sites available, so it is not necessary to pay for the information. If you are not finding what you are looking for on one site, try another. You might even ask friends or family what sites they’ve used.
You will be amazed at the information that can be found. I’ve personally heard stories about people finding out a great, great grandparent was a totally different race than what they were led to believe or what they family thought their nationality was, someone that found out that an older sibling wasn’t from the same father, and someone that found out the person they thought was their father actually wasn’t. Many people that were adopted have also been able to track down their biological parents or siblings through searches.
This information and these sites are not just useful to a person searching where they came from, but it is also a great tool for historians and genealogists. Historians and genealogists use the information they find for studies and also to write books on historic figures.
Free Informational Sites:
- This link for Ancestry.com will provide census information from 1790-1940. There are also government sites that can provide census information for specific years.: http://www.ancestry.com/cs/us/census-records-overlay?state=&kw=Census+Records&s_kwcid=census+record&gclid=CNWWl–Ci7oCFQZyQgodyRQAAQ&o_xid=21837&o_lid=21837&o_sch=Search
- The World Connect Project will not only provided the user with information, but also allows them to share useful information that they have on the family tree through modifying, linking, and uploading information for future researchers: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
- HeritageQuest is a free database; however, searching cannot be done with free reign. A person must get access to free online searching by getting a membership card from a local library. The site includes digital images of the federal census for the years 1790-1930, Revolutionary War pension files, a variety of family history books, and many articles from periodicals, as well as genealogical journals: http://www.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/index
- The Bureau of Land Management, a branch of the U.S. Department of Interior, provides free database searches on Federal land records. As well as providing the information, a user might be able to capture an image of a land title record, depending on the state being searched. A search will also turn up the actual land patent record; the user can then request a certified copy to be sent to them. https://www.blm.gov/ (With the recent government shutdowns, this page is currently unavailable, but will return to a working status when operations continue.)
- WordGenWeb provides databases from around the world. A user searches by a country, province, region, or state and a page will return queries that link to free online searches for that particular area. http://www.worldgenweb.org/
Through genealogy searches, people have uncovered many interesting facts about their family history. Some good, some surprising, and some shocking, but nonetheless, the information is there to be had. Another interesting site that exhibits the work of what people have uncovered is: http://www.geneabios.com/. This site contains genealogy biographies from people that have done their research and are sharing their stories. The site allows the user to search by a surname, name, or location to find a biography. The authors of the biographies often leave their contact information along with their story in hopes that they will discover other family members.
There are shows airing on television that track the family roots of celebrities, there are talk shows that have reunited long lost family members, and compelling books that have been written revealing both heartfelt and shocking stories. There are so many ways to discover where you came from. The data that is available at our fingertips is limitless.