What a year.
While the video is certainly promotional in nature (lots of Google+ Hangouts and YouTube appearances), it shows the wide-range of events, people and conflicts that dominated the news cycle over the last year.
Felix Baumgartner's world-record jump, the protests in Syria and Greece, the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Mars Rover landing, Pussy Riot, the launch of SpaceX's Dragon capsule and the elections in the United States, Egypt and France are just a few of the major events and conflicts people searched for in 2012.
According to the search giant, 1.2 trillion searches in 146 languages were conducted.
Here's to 2013.