Published: Sun, December 18, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Michael Phelps, Simone Biles on Google's 2016 top search list

Michael Phelps, Simone Biles on Google's 2016 top search list

It has been the year that many have said they want to forget, but Google's annual list of the trending searches of the year has shown we searched for quite a mixed bag of topics.

"With New Zealand's haul of 18 medals at the Rio Games, including four golds, Kiwis' searches showed support and spirit for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, with Olympians and Paralympians making up half our most-searched Kiwis".

This was in no small part to that famous nice in Lille when Robbie Brady headed the ball into the Italian net that send Ireland into the knockout round of the European Championships for the first time. Like the fact Pokemon Go was the #1 search topic in the world for the year.

When it comes to political searches, there was only going to be two overwhelming trending searches of the year.

Apple's iPhone 7 was the second most popular global search in 2016, followed by President-elect Donald Trump, Prince - who died in April - and Powerball.

According to the official, the "Most Searched" terms which consistently feature website names and common terms like "weather", are not a good indication of recent search trends for many categories.

"From remembering past icons like David Bowie and Prince, to searching for current ones like Beyonce and Alexander Hamilton (aka Lin-Manuel Miranda), to looking for information on Brexit, Zika, Orlando, and Brussels, Search brought us together in dozens of ways this year", Gomes said.

Politics also dominated the "Where is?" list as "Where is Brussels?" was the biggest search ahead of "Where is my polling station?"

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