You know something has achieved some level of popularity when it enters the top 500 searches on Google Trends. Never mind hitting the top 100 searches — that just means you’re really popular.
So it’s probably no surprise that ‘bitcoin’ just so happens to have made the top 100 Google searches of 2013. This hobby-turned-investment-vehicle hit the spotlight first in April when it achieved an all-time high of $260+ USD. It then came back into the limelight in November, when the price topped a whopping $1200 per unit. As the mainstream media began to cover the incredible returns early adopters were getting, it became a huge point of interest, and thus, the 96th most searched query on Google.
The information comes courtesy of a new page Google has assembled called Google Zeitgeist 2013, a look back at the year’s top web searches. Check it out for yourself.