The top question asked by users of the Yahoo search engine in 2012 was "How to make money", followed by "who unfollowed me?" from nervous Twitter users eager to find out who had stopped following them on the social network.
More prosaic concerns such as "When do the clocks go back?" (fourth), "How to write a CV" (fifth) and "When is Easter?" (sixth) also appeared in the top ten.
Perennial challenges - losing weight (third) - mixed with more modern questions - "What is my IP address?" - and financial concern of the PPI misselling scandal by high street banks brought "How to claim PPi yourself" into tenth place.
Frank Foster, a character murdered on soap opera Coronation Street in March, appears at number seven with the question "Who killed Frank Foster?".
And Andrew Mitchell, the former Chief Whip, seem to have caused unease not for his behaviour in allegedly calling police officers "plebs" in September but for stumping the British public on the vocabulary front. "What is a pleb?" was the ninth most asked question by Yahoo! users in 2012.
Kindle top gadget of 2012 in Yahoo! search03 Dec 2012
The full list of most asked questions on Yahoo! UK Search in 2012:
- How to make money
- Who unfollowed me?
- How to lose weight
- When do the clocks go back?
- How to write a CV
- When is Easter?
- Who killed Frank Foster?
- What is my IP address?
- What is a pleb?
- How to claim PPI yourself
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