The Top 10 Things Everybody Googled in 2017
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When people want to know the answer to something they invariably Google it. But what have people been Googling in 2017? Google has published various lists detailing what people have Googled over the past 12 months, including overall search terms, consumer tech, and memes.

These lists, when taken collectively, provide an interesting insight into the state of the world right now. They show what piqued people’s interests, what made the news, which celebrities were hot, what sporting events got people talking, and which TV shows people watched 15 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2017 15 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2017 Netflix is now producing its own original content. And some of the new Netflix Originals set to debut in 2017 definitely look like they'll be worth watching. Read More .

The Search Terms That Trended in 2017

The first, and most important, list is the one detailing the searches that trended in 2017. This is a heady mix of catastrophic events (Hurricane Irma), big technology launches (iPhone X), celebrities who made the headlines (Matt Lauer and Meghan Markle), and fads (Fidget Spinner).

1) Hurricane Irma
2) iPhone 8
3) iPhone X
4) Matt Lauer
5) Meghan Markle
6) 13 Reasons Why
7) Tom Petty
8) Fidget Spinner
9) Chester Bennington
10) India National Cricket Team

Google’s takeaway from these statistics is the prevalence of “How”. Apparently, more people than ever are Googling how to do something or other, whether it’s “How to make slime” or “How to buy Bitcoin”. Which is good for us, as we pride ourselves in showing people how to use technology.

Amongst the other lists is one detailing the consumer tech search terms that trended in 2017. Apple will be pleased to see the iPhone 8 and iPhone X at the top, but then smartphones make up the bulk of this list. The Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, and new Nokia 3310 Nokia 3310 Review: Not as Good as We'd Hoped Nokia 3310 Review: Not as Good as We'd Hoped Read More the exceptions.

1) iPhone 8
2) iPhone X
3) Nintendo Switch
4) Samsung Galaxy S8
5) Xbox One X
6) Nokia 3310
7) Razer Phone
8) Oppo F5
9) OnePlus 5
10) Nokia 6

There are 15 lists to scour, with the one listing the biggest memes of the year Memes Are Now Officially Bigger Than Jesus Memes Are Now Officially Bigger Than Jesus Memes are now officially bigger than Jesus, and we actually have the data to back up that claim. Read More being particularly worth a look. However, it should be noted that these may not be the terms people have searched for the most in 2017, but that experienced “a high spike in traffic in 2017 as compared to 2016.”

Everything You Need to Know About 2017

Google is the only search engine that has become a verb, despite Microsoft’s efforts with Bing Microsoft Claims "Bing Is Bigger Than You Think" Microsoft Claims "Bing Is Bigger Than You Think" It seems no one openly admits to using Bing. And yet, according to market share statistics released by Microsoft, it turns out that plenty of people actually do use Bing. And not ironically. Read More . So the terms we all search for on Google are a good indicator of what mattered in any given year. And the fact that a hurricane topped the charts tells you everything you need to know about 2017.

Is Google still your search engine of choice? Or do you prefer to use a different one these days? Do you remember Googling any of the most popular search terms? Do any surprise you? What do you think people will Google in 2018? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. SoftwareBabe
    December 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I, and my friends and family, NEVER USE GOOGLE because of their invasive techniques in their algorithms. I USE DUCKDUCKGO.COM after using ixquick.com, which iquick now seems to be friends with Google (sharing info).

    Unless you have a VPN/DNS/proxy service that hides who you are, it is best NOT TO USE GOOGLE FOR ANYTHING. Thank goodness Americans have all kinds of alternatives FOR NOW. THANK YOU DUCKDUCKGO.COM FOR NOT EVER SHARING WHO I AM OR WHAT I SEARCH FOR.

  2. Theodore Jameson
    December 15, 2017 at 12:14 am

    I don't like Google's spying, so I use DuckDuckGo, but Google is okay.

    • peggi caraway
      December 15, 2017 at 2:16 am

      I agree or use dolphin 0 great app to keep the peepers away.

    • SoftwareBabe
      December 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      GOOGLE is only okay IF YOU DON'T USE IT. ;-) just sayin'....... However, I wouldn't use ANY Google product if my life depended on it. They are not only INVASIVE, but they work with out less than perfect, leviathan government. If we are a land of freedoms, then ALL things on the Internet should be totally FREE (unless it is a capitalist offering like Netflix, etc.). Most people do not read the USER AGREEMENTS that the massive GOOGLE company has on all the things they own on the Internet. You are actually agreeing to whatever they want, just by not reading it or just by using GOOGLE products.

      Either we must be EDUCATED CONSUMERS or be subject to the horrendous evil methods companies like Google have. The Internet is supposed to be anonymous, yet some people have no problem telling strangers anything they want to know and then they wonder why that information is out on the Internet. They become upset and then outraged not realizing it was THEMSELVES who are the guilty party by entering private information on unsecured websites, answering polls, and in giving out their email addresses. I am a retired SE (software engineer) and I.T. Manager and you wouldn't believe the info servers gather about you EVERY TIME YOU VISIT THEIR WEBSITE, so DELETE AND WIPE YOUR CACHES OFTEN, PEOPLE.