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iPhone 5 availability, Facebook IPO top techie news questions of 2012 results show tech questions rank behind those about Olympics, Hurricane Sandy, Sandusky sentence

By , Network World
November 27, 2012 09:11 PM ET

Network World - “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

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“With nearly half of the queries on 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, in a statement.

While Apple and Facebook had many of the 100 million 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, and Harris Interactive found that half of about 2,100 adults polled didn’t 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 Pattinson’s 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 Psy’s Gangnam Style video surpassed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as the most viewed YouTube video of all time.

Bob Brown tracks network research in his Alpha Doggs blog and Facebook page, as well on Twitter and Google +.

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