When will the iPhone 5 be released? and When is the Facebook IPO? were the top two newsy technology questions of the year among people searching for answers on Ask.com.
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With nearly half of the queries on Ask.com in the form of a full question, we get a snapshot of not only what captured consumers attention, but also what piqued their curiosity, said Valerie Combs, vice president of communications for Ask.com, in a statement.
While Apple and Facebook had many of the 100 million Ask.com users curious in 2012, the very top questions were not tech related:
*How many medals did the US gymnastics team win?
*What is the damage from Hurricane Sandy?
*What happened at the Colorado shooting?
And in a follow-up survey to gauge consumer perceptions related to big question topics, Ask.com and Harris Interactive found that half of about 2,100 adults polled didnt see much difference between iPhone 5 and earlier versions. And while Facebook IPO interest was high, 59% of those surveyed in the follow-up poll said they did not appreciate reading friends political views on the social networking site during the Presidential Election season.
On the lighter side, top celebrity-related questions had to do with Twilight couple Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinsons relationship and whether Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes marriage was a sham.
People also wondered what the heck Gangnam Style was, and apparently a lot found out since Psys Gangnam Style video surpassed Justin Biebers Baby as the most viewed YouTube video of all time.
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