New Year's Eve is still weeks away, but already people are looking back at 2012 with fond nostalgia. But as Google's lastest ad shows, it was a a turbulent year around the world.
Zeitgeist 2012 picks up where Zeitgesit 2011 left off. Charting human life over the past year, the Zeitgeist series is like an interactive history book, inviting viewers to explore more about the events they bore witness to.
The Google clip follows the stratospheric highs of Felix Baumgartner's space jump, and the London Olympic Games. It also charts the gut-wrenching lows of a world in conflict, with Greek protests, Russian political prisoners Pussy Riot and civil war in Syria.
Jumping from Gangnam Style star Psy to presidential debates, and then to James Cameron's record breaking submarine dive, the clip captures the most famous faces of the year. It also shows some of the most destructive events, charting the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, floods in the Philippines and the fighting in Gaza.
The year saw some triumphant breakthroughs: the Higgs Boson particle was discovered, a German man was a cured of HIV and China launched its first female astronaut into space.
2012 also saw some tragic losses, with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride passing away. Writers Gore Vidal and Maurice Sendak, actor Michael Clarke Duncan and singer Whitney Houston were also lost during the year.
The video shows all these events as told through various Google products. Famous faces appear via Hangouts, YouTube plays footage of raging battles and Earth tracks natural disasters.
With over 1.2 million views since it was launched yesterday, the clip is trending on social media platforms as viewers seek to share their memories of the year just passed. The clip has garnered over 157,000 shares so far and will almost certainly gather many more.
The Zeitgeist series is a memorable and lasting record of the year just gone. Perhaps what we regard as a clip of history-just-gone will appear in future classrooms.