EDITORIAL: Amanda Todd, fame and Google

A diminutive girl from Port Coquitlam with a beautiful smile who liked nice clothes, struggled a bit at school and wanted to be liked by her peers made history in 2012, according to a report by Google.

In a report of search trends for 2012, Amanda Todd, the 15-year-old who committed suicide after posting a heartbreaking video about her struggles, was a Google trendsetter, after Whitney Houston, who also died in 2012, and Kate Middleton, the pregnant royal who was recently hospitalized for an extreme form of morning sickness.

It may be shocking for those who knew her that Amanda Todd has become a celebrity, with the fame and even acceptance she sought in life now coming to her in death. While she was naive and vulnerable in many ways, she was also amazingly prescient in her understanding and use of the powerful tools of social media.

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