What Singaporeans searched for online in 2014

Anton Casey, a British expatriate who holds Singapore permanent residency, had sparked much criticism online for his recent posts on his Facebook account, among which include labelling public transport commuters as poor people. -- PHOTO: STOMP
Anton Casey, a British expatriate who holds Singapore permanent residency, had sparked much criticism online for his recent posts on his Facebook account, among which include labelling public transport commuters as poor people. -- PHOTO: STOMP
Three models of China's Xiaomi Mi phones are pictured during their launch in New Delhi in this July 15, 2014 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Three models of China's Xiaomi Mi phones are pictured during their launch in New Delhi in this July 15, 2014 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Cinema Still of Interstellar starring Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. -- PHOTO: WARNER BROS
Cinema Still of Interstellar starring Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. -- PHOTO: WARNER BROS
Haze obscuring the city skyline as seen from a block of flats in Strathmore Avenue in the morning of 3 November 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO
Haze obscuring the city skyline as seen from a block of flats in Strathmore Avenue in the morning of 3 November 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO
Actor Robin Williams arrives at singer-songwriter Elton John's 60th birthday party in New York in this Mar 24, 2007 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Actor Robin Williams arrives at singer-songwriter Elton John's 60th birthday party in New York in this Mar 24, 2007 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A picture taken on Nov 10, 2014, shows parts of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80 kms east of Donetsk. -- PHOTO: AFP
A picture taken on Nov 10, 2014, shows parts of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80 kms east of Donetsk. -- PHOTO: AFP
A customer holds an iPhone 6 (right) and iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple store on Fifth Avenue after the phones went on sale in New York in this file photo taken on Sept 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A customer holds an iPhone 6 (right) and iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple store on Fifth Avenue after the phones went on sale in New York in this file photo taken on Sept 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Germany's forward Andre Schuerrle (middle) holds the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after his team's victory in the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13
Germany's forward Andre Schuerrle (middle) holds the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after his team's victory in the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Well-wishers signing messages of hope and support for the families of those on board the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 at the KL International Airport (KLIA) Observation Deck on Mar 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Well-wishers signing messages of hope and support for the families of those on board the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 at the KL International Airport (KLIA) Observation Deck on Mar 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The top Google search term in Singapore in 2014 was MH370, referring to the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight number, according to Google.

The Boeing 777 - carrying 239 people - disappeared on March 8 after inexplicably diverting from its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing course. The aircraft has yet to be found.

Global football pinnacle - the World Cup 2014 - came second, while the Apple iPhone 6 launched in September this year, was in third place.

The fourth most searched term was another MAS air tragedy - the crash of MH17. The plane went down over eastern Ukraine in July, apparently hit by an air-to-surface missile, killing all 298 passengers on board.

Two celebrities were in the top 10, Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams who died this year (no. 5), and Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence (no. 8).

Williams was the most-searched term worldwide, according to Google's global ranking.

Williams' suicide shocked the world, and tributes had poured in for the celebrated comedian.

Lawrence, best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games movies, has been a media darling, but nude photos which were stolen from her phone and leaked in September could have also accounted for some of the searches on her.

Interest in the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) was still high, at no. 6. "PSI Singapore" was in fact, the most-searched phrase in 2013, as the worst haze in recent years struck Singapore last year.

At no. 7, was science fiction movie Interstellar, released in Singapore on Nov 6. The Christopher Nolan film was also the no. 1 movie in Singapore over the Nov 6-9 weekend, according to boxofficemojo.com.

China-made budget smartphone Xiaomi was no. 9, and Briton expatriate Anton Casey, who became infamous after he mocked the "poor people" taking public transport in Singapore on social media, edged into the list at no. 10.

Trending Google Searches in 2014

1. MH370

2. World Cup 2014

3. iPhone 6

4. MH17

5. Robin Williams

6. PSI Singapore

7. Interstellar

8. Jennifer Lawrence

9. Xiaomi

10. Anton Casey

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