According to Google, one of the most used search engines in the world, searches for Mr Mandela were already high this year. But following his death on December 5 , people all over the world used the search engine to find out more about the anti-apartheid leader and his legacy.
Also Deaths of celebrities featured highly on the Google Zeitgeist list of searches around the world were:
Hollywood actor Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash on November 30, was listed second, and Glee star Cory Monteith, who died on July 13 from an alcohol and heroin overdose, which was the fourth most popular search.
Latest gadgets which featured prominently on the list , reflecting the global importance of new technology, were Apple’s iPhone 5s at number three on the list, the Samsung Galaxy 4s at eight and the Sony PlayStation 4 at nine.
Moments of joy and great sorrow also gripped Google users around the world, with the birth of the royal baby the seventh most popular search and the Boston Marathon bombing the sixth most searched for item.
The secretive communist North Korea state also piqued interest, reaching number ten on the list.
A certain dance music video completed the top ten global searches – the Harlem Shake has been uploaded to YouTube in more than 1.7 million video versions, propelling it to number five on the global list.