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Google's 'Year in Search' highlights solar eclipse, natural disasters, elections, and technology

Google's 'Year in Search' highlights solar eclipse, natural disasters, elections, and technology

Hurricane Irma beat out iPhone 8 and fidget spinners as the top trending search globally, while in the United States the Yankees were the most-searched sports team of the year.

There are few metrics in the world that offer as much insight into our society as Google's annual "Year in Search".

Hurricane Irma was the storm that ravaged the Caribbean and Florida Keys in September.

The second top search was for former "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer, who was sacked from NBC last month for a complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior.

Surprisingly the New York Yankees (not the Boston Red Sox) were the next most popular search term in our area, followed by Super Bowl, bitcoin price, Las Vegas shooting, Hurricane Jose, and Game of Thrones.

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People were also looking for ways to make their own eclipse glasses, fidget spinners and slime.

The website's most searched people included Lauer, Meghan Markle and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. She was also the most searched actor of the year.

What does a cricket-mad nation obsessed with movies search for on Google?

Every year, the search engine brings out its "Year in Search" report to give a glimpse of the news, events and trends that dominated discourse.

In the Global Consumer Tech section, the top trending search in 2017 was for iPhone 8, followed by iPhone X, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8, Xbox One X, Nokia 3310, Razer Phone, Oppo F5, OnePlus 5 and Nokia 6.


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