A look through the most searched terms in 2017 offers a fun glimpse into the cultural zeitgeist and review of the biggest news events in 2017. Google released their list of most searched on Google in 2017 and it shows popular search terms like solar eclipse, fidget spinner, April the Giraffe, bitcoin price, and "what is a hurricane?" Other sites such as Merriam-Webster's dictionary also named their top words of the year based on Internet searches. "Feminism" was the year's winner, beating out Dictionary.com's "complicit." So 2017, right? A time capsule of our lives.
Some people spent their lunch hours furiously searching the names of accused sex offenders: Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Bill O'Reilly, and Louis CK all made the list. Other people turned to Google to keep tabs on the protests going on, but first they had to make sure they knew what DACA, net neutrality, and the Paris Climate Agreement are. People searched for athletes, sports events, and news stories. A lot of the most searched words on Google were of up and coming actors who starred in movies and TV shows in 2017 (and one who got engaged to a prince).
Look through this list of the most searched keywords (their ranking on Google's list is included below) and vote up the words that you definitely remember searching for in 2017.
What is net neutrality?
#5 in What is...
Why: In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its net neutrality rules, which since 2015 had prohibited Internet providers from blocking or slowing particular websites.
#9 in Activations (Protests)
Why: On January 21, one day after the inauguration of President Trump, hundreds of thousands of people marched worldwide to advocate for women's rights, human rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, and many other causes.
How to make solar eclipse glasses
#2 in How to...
Why: In August, everyone was obsessed with viewing the solar eclipse... but first we had to either buy or make our own glasses.
April the Giraffe
#9 in News
Why: April the Giraffe gained worldwide fame after a live video of her in the late stages of pregnancy, along with the subsequent birth, were put on YouTube.
What is DACA?
#1 in What is...
Why: In September, Trump ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era immigration policy that gave some individuals who entered the country as minors a path to citizenship.
#3 in Searches
Why: On October 2, the rock & roll giant unexpectedly passed away at age 66 following a cardiac arrest.
#3 in News, #7 in Searches
Why: On August 21, Americans watched a total solar eclipse move across the continent.
Las Vegas shooting
#2 in News, #5 in Searches
Why: On October 1, a gunman inside the Mandalay Bay hotel opened fire on the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest music festival, killing 58 people and injuring 546 more.
NFL National Anthem protests
#1 in Activations (protests)
Why: The symbolic act of kneeling during the national anthem drew the nation's attention to social and race issues.
#1 in People, #2 in Searches
Why: In November 2017, the Today show host was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women and was fired from NBC.
#3 in Consumer Tech
Why: This new gaming console was released worldwide in March 2017.
#1 in Searches, #1 in News
Why: The most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005, Irma made landfall in Florida in late August, killing at least 134 people.
#5 in News
Why: In 2017, bitcoin prices soared from $1,000 up to $11,000 and back and forth and everywhere in between. Some people made a lot of money.
#4 in News, #8 in Searches
Why: From mid-August until early September, the hurricane devastated the Houston metropolitan area, inflicting an estimated $200 billion in damage.
#9 in Movies
Why: On January 24, this film about the history of NASA's black female scientists was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
#8 in News
Why: Hurricane Maria was regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and Puerto Rico, causing catastrophic damage and triggering a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.
#6 in News
Why: In 2017, North Korea conducted a series of truly alarming missile and nuclear tests that demonstrated the country's nuclear abilities.
#2 in Actors, #5 in People
Why: The House of Cards star came under scandal in November 2017 as more than a dozen men - including five who were underage at the time - came forward with sexual assault accusations. Spacey seized on this moment to publicly come out of the closet.
Unicorn Frappuccino Calories
#1 in Calories
Why: In April, Starbucks released this work of art (or monstrosity, depending on whom you ask), sugar, and calories.
#3 in Actors, #10 in People
Why: The Israeli actress starred in Wonder Woman in May and appeared again in Justice League in November.
Charlottesville Protests#2 in Activations (protests)Why: A far-right rally called the Unite the Right brought out white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, Klansmen, neo-Nazis, and various militias - which came as a surprise to many Americans who were not aware of the extent of modern day Nazis in America. President Trump defended the rights of these groups, leading to widespread protests. At least one woman was killed during the Charlottesville protests.
#1 in Movies
Why: On September 8, the horror film broke box office records with its $123 million opening.
What is Bitcoin?
#2 in What is...
Why: Bitcoin currency was definitely in the news in 2017 - many people were tracking its value, a lot of people got rich off of it, and some people were just trying to figure out what the hell it is (a cryptocurrency).
#3 in Movies
Why: Wonder Woman is a super popular and critically acclaimed DC superhero film that came out in 2017 and stars Israeli model Gal Godot.
#1 in Actors, #2 in People
Why: On November 27, the actress and Prince Harry announced that they are engaged and planning a wedding for May 2018.