Google reveals what searchers wanted most in 2017

Google has revealed its "Year in Search 2017" list, wherein it has revealed the top 10 searches done by millions of people globally.

More than any of the other year-end download and streaming roundups, Google's offers a clear snapshot of the things that captured our imaginations and baffled us during what felt like a particularly turbulent year.

The search engine released its figures from the year, which showed Hurricane Irma was the most searched category and Lauer came close in second place, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The hurricane slammed the Caribbean and Florida in September and caused catastrophic damage in Barbuda, the Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy. The October shooting in Las Vegas that ended in 59 deaths was the No. 5 search.

On a lighter note, the Super Bowl placed fourth, the solar eclipse came in seventh, and fidget spinners, the handheld toy with a cult-like following said to relieve stress, ranked No. 10.

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 actress announced her engagement to Prince Harry last month.

And surprisingly, the making of slime was the most searched for How to. question.

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

Google also unveiled the top trending search terms nationally. Top global searches includes a natural disaster, the latest phones, celebrities, TV shows, and more.

Apple had the strongest showing in Consumer Tech, with the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and Apple Watch 3 scoring spots one, two, six and nine.

  • Fernando Stephens