Dumi Masilela tops SA's Google searches in 2017

Kelley Robertson
December 16, 2017

There are few metrics in the world that offer as much insight into our society as Google's annual "Year in Search". In Google parlance, "top trending" means they had the highest spike in traffic over a certain period of time this year compared to last year.

It's the go-to site when you need information or questions answered, and now Google has revealed its top trends for 2017.

The next top trending terms among Boston users were: Hurricane Irma, Aaron Hernandez, and Tom Petty.

The second top search was for former "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer, who was sacked from NBC last month for a complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior.

The depressing list starts with storm searchers for Hurricane Irma, the first Category 5 hurricane of the season that blew through the U.S.in late August causing catastrophic damage particularly in Florida, the northeastern part of the Caribbean, the Carolinas and Georgia and killing more than 100 victims. She was also the most searched actor of the year.

The most searched movies were "It", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Wonder Woman".

The website's most searched people included Lauer, Meghan Markle and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Meanwhile, throughout the year's various natural disasters, people searched "how to help" more than ever before. Other news stories that piqued people's interest were the solar eclipse and the price of the cryptocurrency bitcoin.

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