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16 December 2017, 05:51 | Eugene Bates

Matt Lauer who was fired from NBC's"Today show after allegations of sexual harassment was one of Google's top search queries of the year. Getty Images

Matt Lauer who was fired from NBC's

Besides YouTube, Google's other major yearly recap is for Search. The most popular searches overall of 2017 are Hurricane Irma, iPhone X, Matt Lauer, and Meghan Markle. Sundar Pichai summarizes that in 2017 people "searched "How" more than ever before".

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

The hurricane slammed the Caribbean and Florida in September and caused catastrophic damage in Barbuda, the Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy. Super Bowl 5. Las Vegas Shooting 6.

Other people on the top global list include Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Gal Gadot and Melania Trump.


Late musician and frontman of the Heartbreakers Tom Petty, who passed away in October at 66, was the No. 3 most searched figure. The disgraced producer was sacked from the company he founded and the NYPD confirmed it was investigating a rape claim made against him. These searches are listed in different categories such as How to, What is, Consumer Tech, Entertainment, Movies, Sports and more.

Aside from Bitcoin, Google's search trends tell a tale of political tumult and royal romance. The most searched television shows included "13 Reasons Why", "Game of Thrones" and "This Is Us".

The Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Xbox One X were the third, fourth and fifth most frequently used consumer tech search terms.



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