Facebook, One Direction and Fifty Shades of Grey amongst the most search for English language Wikipedia articles of 2012

Wikipedia's most searched for articles of 2012 have been revealed, with Facebook topping the english edition of the site.

The results, published by a Swedish software engineer Johan Gunnarsson as part of the Wikitrends project, showed great differences in search terms across the various language versions of the site.

In Japan an adult video actress was the most popular search term, a Chinese mountain featuring "the world's deadliest hiking trail" topped the Dutch search list.

Indonesian searches mainly centred around sport with football, volleyball and basketball all coming within the top seven articles. In Italy searches on the online encyclopaedia were more focused on US television with Grey's Anatomy coming out on top.

Justin Bieber managed to make both the Danish and Norwegian top 10s, but was found to be less popular than British boy band One Direction who appeared in Spanish, French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Danish and Swedish lists.

English language most viewed Wikipedia articles

1. Facebook

2. Wiki

3. Deaths in 2012

4. One Direction

5. The Avengers

6. Fifty Shades of Grey

7. 2012 phenomenon

8. The Dark Knight Rises

9. Google

10. The Hunger Games

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