2017: A Year In Search

In 2017, the world asked Google some interesting questions. More than ever before people around the world wanted to know how to run for office, how to make a protest sign, how to be a good parent, and how to be a firefighter.

Throughout the year Google compiles our search data and at the end documents all of the stuff we’ve Googled into a short promotional video. The video that summarizes 2017 differs from years past in that every search query starts with just one word………..”how”.

For the remainder of the video, the rest of the sentence is filled in with phrases like “do wildfires start,” “far can North Korean missiles go” and “do hurricanes form”. The answers to these questions being posed to the world’s largest search engine are visualized to comprise the rest of the two-minute video.

Although it seems like 2017 was a year of tragedy, the video also shows that there is still hope left for humanity. From an eclipse, to people beating the odds to make a difference in society, the video depicts a number of ways we can move forward in the world. The ultimate answer to the question “how to move forward”? Simple. According to Google, “Search on”.

According to Google, the most-searched terms in the U.S. were:

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Matt Lauer
  3. Tom Petty
  4. Super Bowl
  5. Las Vegas shooting

When it comes to people, folks in the U.S. searched for:

  1. Matt Lauer
  2. Meghan Markle
  3. Harvey Weinstein
  4. Michael Flynn
  5. Kevin Spacey

Click here to take a look at the complete list of searches for the United States.

As for the entire world, the most-searched terms included:

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. iPhone 8
  3. iPhone X
  4. Matt Lauer
  5. Meghan Markle

Click here to see various lists of global search trends for 2017. Want to see the Year In Search 2017 video? Check it out below.