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Indy Googlers curious about Robin Williams, twerking in 2014

December 16, 2014

A good amount of folks in the Indianapolis area wanted to learn how to twerk in 2014.

In addition to the suggestive rump-shaking dance, they also wanted to learn how to fight, how to pray and how to sleep.

That's all according to Google's 2014 Year in Search results, released Tuesday by the Silicon Valley search giant. Google released four lists, including the most-searched Indianapolis queries that began with "How to ... ."

"How to kiss" topped the list.

"I'm not sure why that would be such a high search term, unless that's just always a high search term, because 12-year-olds are on the computer trying to figure out what to do," said Josh Hall, editor for local tech advocacy group TechPoint.

"That just seems like an odd No. 1 for How-to."

No age data was available.

Twerking came in at No. 2, possibly related to spillover from pop star Miley Cyrus' viral performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August 2013.

Here's the rest of the list:

3. How to squat
4. How to breastfeed
5. How to skype
6. How to change
7. How to fight
8. How to pray
9. How to golf
10. How to sew
11. How to fax
12. How to photoshop
13. How to sleep.

"Robin Williams" was the most-searched term in the Indianapolis area in 2014. It was also the top search term nationally and globally. The Oscar-winning actor and comedian died Aug. 11. The other top searches for Indianapolis:

2. iPhone 6
3. World Cup
4. Ebola
5. Philip Seymour Hoffman
6. Tony Stewart
7. Joan Rivers
8. Black Friday 2014
9. Flappy Bird
10. Jennifer Lawrence.

The top news and events searches in the area:

1. World Cup
2. Black Friday 2014
3. Purdue shooting
4. Malaysia Airlines 370
5. Olympics
6. Ferguson
7. NFL draft
8. March Madness 2014
9. ALS
10. ISIS.

The top "What is ... " searches in the area were:

1. What is Ebola?
2. What is ALS?
3. What is ISIS?
4. What is MERS?
5. What is amplitude?
6. What is lymphoma?
7. What is vertigo?
8. What is Tinder?
9. What is NAFTA?
10. What is gelato?
11. What is Hamas?
12. What is cellulite?
13. What is Bitcoin?

Google said the lists were created by aggregating and anonymizing trillions of searches. Then it used account Internet Protocol addresses to make educated guesses about where queries originated, the company said.

Google has 67.3 percent of the U.S. search engine market share, according to a September report by data tracking firm comScore.

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