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Google Reveals the 2017 Year in Search

By Samantha Segreto, Assistant Senior Editor

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Once again, Google has managed to compile a stunning collection of 2017’s most notable moments through nothing other than the world’s very own search history. On December 12, they released the video that moved the nation, featuring two minutes filled with questions, statements, and simple one-word searches that effectively represented all that went through our minds in the last 12 excitingly eventful months.

The video begins by stating that this year more than ever we asked the simple question how, whether it be how hurricanes are formed or how many refugees there are in the world, with human beings always overwhelmed by curiosity while the world is constantly altering. Searches stretched from desperate pleadings of how to help to light-hearted questions about matters as elementary as fidget spinners. One constant theme throughout each, however, is the desire to simply know what had been going on in the world at any given time, acquiring knowledge about both the good and the bad. When asked about her thoughts regarding 2017 as a whole, Abriana Paris, senior admitted, “We definitely made a lot of improvements socially, but politically, we still need some work.”

The top five searches nationwide turned out to be, in this particular order:

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

Divided into more categorical sections, the searches proceeded accordingly:


  1. Matt Lauer
  2. Meghan Markle
  3. Nadia Toffa
  4. Harvey Weinstein
  5. Kevin Spacey

Global News:

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Bitcoin
  3. Las Vegas Shooting
  4. North Korea
  5. Solar Eclipse

Global Sporting Events:

  1. Wimbledon
  2. Super Bowl
  3. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight
  4. Tour de France
  5. World Series

How To:

  1. How to Make Slime
  2. How to Make Solar Eclipse Glasses
  3. How to Buy Bitcoin
  4. How to Watch Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight
  5. How to Make a Fidget Spinner


  1. Tom Petty
  2. Chester Bennington
  3. Chris Cornell
  4. Bill Paxton
  5. Hugh Hefner


  1. IT
  2. Wonder Woman
  3. Beauty and the Beast
  4. Logan
  5. Justice League


  1. Ariana Grande
  2. Linkin Park
  3. Lady Gaga
  4. Mariah Carey
  5. Ed Sheeran

TV Shows:

  1. Stranger Things
  2. 13 Reasons Why
  3. Big Brother Brasil
  4. Game of Thrones
  5. Iron Fist

Song Lyrics:

  1. Despacito
  2. Shape of You
  3. Perfect
  4. Havana
  5. Look What You Made Me Do

Other categories include most searched recipes, memes, actors, consumer tech, etc, all of which are reflections of how we, as individuals, perceived and embraced the year 2017.

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