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17 December 2014, 13:41
Google's 2014 round-up is a thought-provoking montage that celebrates internet users' pursuit of knowledge and hope.
Google released their search trends for 2014 this week, and have accompanied it with a video that celebrates the unwavering optimism of human nature - based, of course, on our search results from this past year.
The video, set to Peter Robinson and Amy Millan's "Divinity", celebrates individual achievements such as Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize, acknowledges global events such as the Ebola scare and the World Cup, and pays homage to notable celebrity losses Joan Rivers, Maya Angelou and Robin Williams.
Google's message is clear and empirical: despite some of the devastating and troubling things that have taken place in the world over the past year alone, people reach for knowledge, connections and passions before they go looking for fear and bad news.
Some might question the use of our search data to define who we are as a species, but when the results are as powerfully optimistic as this, it's one of the most comfortable things people living in the rise of the Digital Age can see.
Some of the lists of trends can be seen below, including the biggest search trends of this year.
You can check out a much more comprehensive list of categories over at Google Trends - and if you're feeling especially nostalgic, you can revisit yearly trends recorded by the site for as far back as 2001.