Google's top searches of 2017 were Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer

Google's top searches of 2017 were Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer


Google has a yearly tradition of publishing the most-searched terms and phrases, aptly-named the 'Year in Search.' Earlier today, the company revealed the top searches of 2017 with a new video and a detailed Trends page.

It seems that the country couldn't get the "Why did Katappa kill Bahubali" question out of its collective head because Bahubali 2, the sequel to the blockbuster, was the most searched query of this year. Among the global elections section, French Election topped the list followed by German federal election, United Kingdom election, Uttar Pradesh election, Georgia special election and more. The October shooting in Las Vegas that ended in 59 deaths was the No. 5 search. The No. 1 searched person was a man accused of sexual harassment. Lauer was just one of many prominent men in media, entertainment and tech who was called out for alleged sexual misconduct - a list that includes producer Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis CK and music mogul Russell Simmons.

And surprisingly, the making of slime was the most searched for How to. question. Markle recently announced her engagement to Prince Harry.

The annual Year in Search analyzes Google Trends data to uncover "what the world was searching for".

Here's what South Africans Googled the most throughout this year in different categories.

The Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Xbox One X were the third, fourth and fifth most frequently used consumer tech search terms.

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