Releasing its annual ‘Year in Search’ today, Google sheds light on what Aussies have laughed at, wondered about and cried over this year.
According to Google, it’s that time of year again. When we look back at the last 12 months (Umm… let’s think, 366 days, 527,040 minutes) and reflect on those moments when we celebrated, mourned and wondered in 2016, we see that it has been the year we ‘caught ’em all,’ grasped extraordinary political change, and said goodbye to some greats – and made Harambe a hero.
From breaking news, to breaking Olympic records, and the UK’s break-up with Europe – the events of this year affected all of us in different ways. We turned to ‘Search’ in the happy and hard moments to get the details, see the bigger picture and find our way forward.
So, to celebrate 2016, we present you with Google’s wrap-up of the five top topics that caught our attention and brought us together in Search:
1. Aussies love a good game
2016 was a super sporty year, with many historic and unforgettable moments that kept us searching, cheering – and dancing with Michelle Jenneke. We supported our Olympians in Rio de Janeiro, placed our bets for Melbourne Cup and followed the scores for the Australian Open, AFL and Super Rugby. We missed buses and trains, ran into walls (and each other) as we tried to catch ‘em all when the Pokémon Go! craze took Australia and the world by storm.
2. Politics and Personalities
Donald Trump beat Hillary for the second time this year taking home the title of ‘our Most Trending Person’, along with the Presidency. Back on home soil, Pauline Hanson took out the title of Australia’s top trending politician, ahead of current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. At times, we were lost for words, but we were never short of questions – with many of us still trying to figure out exactly what a plebiscite is.
3. The oh-no and uh-oh moments
The shock and tragedies of the Dreamworld accident and Brussels attack had Aussies trying to comprehend what, how and why. We looked into the Mitchell Pearce incident, and watched cricketer Chris Gayle try and fail while interviewing with Mel McLaughlin on live TV. We also followed Tara Brown’s imprisonment in Lebanon closely, and fired up our opinions (and our Google searches) about controversial comments from Sonia Kruger. Together, we kept clicking for Census and wondered what was next when the UK voted out.
4. Saying goodbye to the greats
This year the world mourned three of music’s greatest with the passing of musicians David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen. They weren’t the only legends headed for the stars, with Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali and Gene Wilder also passing away this year. Closer to home, we bid farewell to journalist, commentator and broadcaster Rebecca Wilson, who lost her battle with cancer in October.
5. Calling Mother Nature
Aussies looked to understand natural events and disasters in 2016, with the total solar eclipse, Hurricane Matthew and the Zika virus landing in the lead Searches. We also discovered an unsung hero, with an outpouring of grief, Searches and a lifetime of memes following the death of Harambe. More broadly, we wondered why the sky is blue, the ocean is salty – and why biodiversity matters.
And that’s just a preview. ‘What was hot in 2016?’ and the most-searched ‘What topped Google’s charts’ will have an answer to ‘What is the meaning of life’ that is definitely mind-boggling. Yes, ‘how to draw,’ ‘what is love,’ and ‘why is the sky blue’ are just a few.
And in case you forget where NSW was, the Great Barrier Reef, Rio, Bora Bora and Mount Everest were also among our top searched ‘Where is’ destinations.
Can you guess anymore?