As every year in December, Google presents its balance sheet of the most wanted terms over the past year. And as always, the results are very related to the news and more generally, to topics that have had a significant media coverage.
In France, Hurricane Irma and the elections caught the attention of Internet users
In France, many Internet users have been searching for information on “hurricane Irma” (which affected French overseas territories in September 2017) and “legislative election”. The term “Catalonia” (referring to the declaration of independence of this Spanish region in autumn 2017) comes in third place. “Grégory affair”, “Attentat Barcelona” and “North Korea” come to close the list.
Among the political figures, the French were most interested, in order, to Emmanuel Macron, François Fillon, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Marine Le Pen, Benoit Hamon, Manuel Valls, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, Edouard Philippe, François Bayrou and Alain Juppé.
Among the “personalities who have left us”, the French were most interested in Johnny Hallyday and Jean d’Ormesson, as well as actors Mireille Darc, Jean Rochefort and Jeanne Moreau. The songs of Johnny Hallyday are also very present in the top 10 lyrics sought. But “Mwaka Moon”, “Despacito” and “Shape Of You” also interested French Internet users.
Bitcoins, spinners and the solar eclipse have attracted the interest of millions of Internet users
On the Google English, the list is not at all the same. If “ourangan Irma” comes in first, Internet users are mainly interested in “iPhone 8” and “iPhone X”, “Matt Lauer” and “Meghan Markle”. Among the search terms related to the news are also “bitcoin”, “Las Vegas shooting”, “North Korea” and “solar eclipse”.
As for technological innovations, the requests on the iPhone are followed by those on “Nintendo Switch”, “Samsung Galaxy S8” and “Xbox One X”.
In the “how to”, English-speaking Internet users were mainly interested in “how to make slime”, “how to make glasses to watch the solar eclipse”, “how to buy bitcoins”, “how to watch Mayweather vs McGregor” ( a long-awaited boxing match) and “how to make a spinner”.