Last year I published what Ethiopians were searching in 2010 on the web. As 2011 is in close proximity to be over here is what Ethiopian internet users have been searching throughout 2011. Though there are no basic change interims of search term from 2010, there are some surprises. Let’s see the top searches by dividing them into three groups as top web search, news, images and product searches.
In similar manner as in 2010 the most regularly requested search term on Google by Ethiopians in 2011 is the social networking site, Facebook. The remaining top ten searches are not of big revelation – they are a blend of e-mail websites like Gmail and Yahoo. Ethiopia and BBC news are also amongst the top searched terms in 2011.
Google’s fastest rising search list also revealed that Gaddafi, DV2013 and an Ethiopian Television Drama called Sew le Sew are among fastest rising searches on Google. With DV2013 is a break out the remaining are almost comparable with top search terms.
Despite relentless coverage of the Great Renaissance Dam on Blue Nile by government and local media; it seems Ethiopians online are not interested to Google it. There is no single search item for the news of the grand project in the top searched items but it appears that the word “Abay” which means Blue Nile is among fastest rising search list.
Google Insights for Search, which registers the most searched images, reveals that Rihanna, Meles Zenawi, Renaldo were among the key words punched by many Ethiopians online.
Google Insights for Search sounds like a tool for everyone who is interested to know what Ethiopians were searching on Google should try it. Here is the link

3 Responses to “What was Ethiopians searching on Google in 2011?”



  2. andthree

    I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award; hope you don’t mind.

  3. manenomatamu

    The Millenium Dam story was even on Ethiopian Airlines inflight magazine (the official story, of course)…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *


1 2 3 10
April 11th, 2017

Ethiopia spied on US citizen of Ethiopian origin and won a dismissal

Ethiopian government won dismissal of a lawsuit by Kidane, an American citizen of Ethiopian origin who sought to hold Ethiopian […]

March 24th, 2013

From Supreme Court to Council of Ministers

A note on my absence I have not been blogging on my personal blog since last August but not without […]

August 14th, 2012

An Initiative of Ethiopian Media Council: A Media Regulatory Body without the Existence of Media is a Joke

Last week “The Capital”, one of the three weekly English newspapers ran an article about “Members of Ethiopian Media decision […]

August 2nd, 2012

How and who to follow on the whereabouts of Meles Zenawi

Introduction Forty-one days passed since Prime Minster Meles Zenawi was seen on public. In the days after his last appearance […]

July 28th, 2012

Unpacking the rumor dynamics about the whereabouts of Meles Zenawi

Prime Minster Meles Zenawi has always been a man of mysteries and at this time he kept being conspicuously a […]

June 18th, 2012

A Perspective on the New Ethiopian Telecom Bill

Well we Ethiopians have never had dragons in our mythology and folklore like Chinese but so far there has been […]

June 9th, 2012

በዚህ ሳምንት(ከ June 2-9) የኢትዮጵያ ብሎጎች ምን ጻፉ?

አንዳንድ ጋዜጠኞች “አማረ አረጋዊ አሁንም ከወያኔ ስርአት ጋር ይሰራል” ሲሉ ይፅፋሉ። ሌሎች ደግሞ፣ ‘በቂ ገንዘብና ጠንካራ መንፈስ ስላለው ተቋቁሞአቸው እንጂ፣ […]

May 28th, 2012

The New Ethiopian Telecom Service Infringements Law. Is it the most creative way of copying SOPA and PIPA?

The new Ethiopian Telecom Service Infringement Law was ratified last Thursday on May 24th 2012 .The new Telecom Law meant […]

May 24th, 2012

Ethiopia free press situation on the spotlight

A recent G-8 meeting brought Ethiopia free press situation on the spotlight again. The meeting caused gatherings of free press […]

May 20th, 2012

Ethiopia English Blogs Roundup

For my Amharic blog roundup followers I promise it is coming up but for now I decided to do English […]