The top Google searches of 2017: Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Matt Lauer and more
SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin’s hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty’s death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And “Cash Me Outside.”These were some of the people, topics and memes that trended to the top of Google searches in 2017. The search terms reflected the United States in upheaval over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, reeling from the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump (What is “covfefe,” by the way?), and people around the world searching for information about the latest iPhone and how to make slime.Three of the top 10 TV shows in the U.S. debuted on Netflix, the same as last year.April the Giraffe made news by giving birth live on YouTube.And the world grooved to Luis Fonsi singing “Despacito.”Here are some of the terms Google says had the highest sustained spike in traffic compared to 2016, filtered for spam, repeat queries and adult keywords. The full list is here .
UNITED STATESSearches1. Hurricane Irma2. Matt Lauer3. Tom Petty4. Super Bowl5. Las Vegas Shooting6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight7. Solar Eclipse8. Hurricane Harvey9. Aaron Hernandez10. Fidget SpinnerPeople1. Matt Lauer2. Meghan Markle3. Harvey Weinstein4. Michael Flynn5. Kevin Spacey6. Bill O’Reilly7. Melania Trump8. Kathy Griffin9. Milo Yiannopoulos10. Gal GadotLosses1. Tom Petty2. Aaron Hernandez3. Chris Cornell4. Bill Paxton5. Hugh Hefner6. Chester Bennington7. Charlie Murphy8. Lil Peep9. Jim Nabors10. David CassidyHow to1. How to make slime2. How to make solar eclipse glasses3. How to watch the solar eclipse4. How to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor5. How to buy Bitcoin6. How to freeze your credit7. How to solve a Rubix Cube8. How to make a fidget spinner9. How to cook a turkey in the oven10. How to screen recordWhat is1. What is DACA?2. What is Bitcoin?3. What is a solar eclipse?4. What is antifa?5. What is net neutrality?6. What is covfefe?7. What is the antikythera mechanism?8. What is a fidget spinner?9. What is the Paris Climate Agreement?10. What is a hurricane?
GLOBAL LISTSSearches1. Hurricane Irma2. iPhone 83. iPhone X4. Matt Lauer5. Meghan Markle6. 13 Reasons Why7. Tom Petty8. Fidget Spinner9. Chester Bennington10. India National Cricket TeamSongs/Lyrics1. Despacito2. Shape of You3. Perfect4. Havana5. Look What You Made Me Do6. HUMBLE.7. Versace on the Floor8. Closer9. Bad and Boujee10. RockstarMemes1. Cash Me Outside2. United Airlines3. Elf on the Shelf4. What in Tarnation5. Spongebob Mocking6. Romper7. IT8. Joe Biden9. Game of Thrones10. Hot dogElections1. French election2. German federal election3. UK election4. Uttar Pradesh election5. Georgia special election6. Montana special election7. British Columbia election8. BMC election9. Sicilian regional election10. Dutch election
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