2011: For better or worse, it was a powerful year (Video)

See how the World Searched with Google’s 2011 Zeitgeist:

Music: “Sooner or Later” by Mat Kearney
Directed by Scott Chan
Produced by Whirled Creative

“Soldier surprises mom” clip courtesy of the National Geographic Channel, Siskell/Jacobs Productions and Joseph Desira.

  • kiloweed

    first! while driving :/ oops

    • theBitch

      well shit

    • oqsig99

      should of gone like ryan dunn… minus the booze.

  • All methed up

    That was a pretty long google commercial

  • Andre

    & they post of picture of a green bay packer reciever of all things.

    Jesus and Jerome what has the world come to.

  • L

    Dad, i’m gay.

    Cool story Bro!!!

    • straight man

      I respect his honesty and courage

  • Joel

    I think the dog laying by the casket is the best/worst picture of the year. Great video. Cheers from Tahoe!

  • Ivan

    <insert year> was a year of <insert buzzword>. Ugh.

    • SpacemanSpiff

      2012 was a year of future

      • pjsupremex

        1492 was a year of discovery

        • Columbus

          No it wasn't. I just sailed out of sight and hung out for a while…came back and told a bunch of bullshit stories.

  • sweet

    they forgot to google theChive

    • benbobbins

      And besides that, they forgot to google theChive.

      • YoutubeMemes

        No they didn't, they forgot to google theChive.

        • fred

          are you a moron? They obviously forgot to google theChive.

  • http://twitter.com/TrentVincent @TrentVincent

    Apparently 2011 was the year of the Google search

  • pjsupremex

    i loved this video, except for the fact that the OWS protestors were shown as being in the same category as Greece and egypt protests. Not even close to the same!

    • JDB

      I don't think that video had anything to do with comparison of the two other than that they both were protesting.

      • oqsig99

        Only positive to the OWS protestors was…

    • Mr_Clapp

      It'll be the same soon enough….

      • Global Insurrection

        Can't wait.

  • Guest

    These are the things I love the chive for posting.

  • sshuggi

    Pretty moving shit, but they're a couple weeks early…

    • pjsupremex

      no shit, alot can happen between now and then…

  • Mike


  • http://renounceapprehension.blogspot.com/ MrRushing

    Can't believe it's over already.

    • Craigery

      You shouldn't, because it's not.

      • Guesty

        lol yeah he is gona die before the new year he just cursed himself hahaha!

        • Naah

          He'll make it…because he has the power of the big pile of gay smiley face on his side.

  • Craigery

    Glurge. 2011 had it's fair share of good shit, bad shit, and crazy shit. Just like every year. But every December, people create shit like this to make it seem like THIS year was special.

    • Obecny

      It was. Its the only 2011 we will get.

    • Tstrang

      I bet it was pretty special for the majority of those in the video. I'd say the creation of a new country, the downfall of multiple dictatorships, and the death of Osama Bin Laden makes for a year unlike the past few.

      • JDB

        I agree.

    • 99mike

      Every year IS special. That's the point, but it's videos like this (although it's a Google commercial) that help remind us of that. This sort of stuff happens every year, month, week, and day, but we get so caught up in our "lives" that we forget it.

      • Craigery

        Every year IS special? Bullshit. That's the same kind of thinking as "Every child is a winner, so let's give them ALL trophies!" If EVERY _____ is special, then NO _____ is special.

        • Just Sayin'

          You were the kid that never won a trophy weren't you…

        • NcouthYouth

          It's a stretch to compare unique events happening across the globe every year to Little League…

  • Kyle

    goosebumps on some of those clips

  • Mr.Impressive


  • thatguy

    So this is basically an ad for Google…

  • peterjames

    tight fucking video

  • Riffix

    That's messed up. Bing has the exact same thing, even has a similar introduction, and was made public 2 weeks ago. Oh well, still cool.

  • Todd

    I think we ALL know that nobody uses Google Plus.

  • Kano

    powerful stuff

  • http://twitter.com/ustcmrjeff @ustcmrjeff

    they forgot to include the epicness of skyrim..haha

  • misschris

    That was a pretty powerful video. The girl's reaction to hearing for the first time still warms my heart.

    • JDB

      yeah, I love that video. Very heart warming to watch her reaction.

    • Spencer_on_Fire

      Glad to know I wasn't the only one. Stirred some emotional reaction in me I forgot I had.

    • Ellen

      Now she can hear you moan when she goes down on you.

  • larry

    fake…2011 is not over yet

  • Secretmaster

    The last part still makes me angry, telling his dad he's gay and having to ask if he still loves him. What kind of world are we living in.

    • drty

      he's ashamed of that big fag..

    • jasonkidd

      Yeah, it's a shame that he had to ask his dad if he still loved him but it's a world where being gay is still a stigma for an older generation and not every father would still express love for his son after hearing that. It's just the way that generation is/was and it's awesome that that father could overcome that.

      Very good vid even though it was an ad for google

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