Google reveals Matt Lauer and Hurricane Irma are 2017's top searches

Hurricane Ophelia most searched for term this year on Google

Google has released its annual list of top search trends, based on searches that had a high spike in traffic in 2017 as compared to 2016.

Late South African actor and singer Dumi Masilela has topped the 2017's biggest Google searches in South Africa. Hurricane Irma beat out iPhone 8 and fidget spinners as the top trending search globally, while in the United States the Yankees were the most-searched sports team of the year. Sundar Pichai summarizes that in 2017 people "searched "How" more than ever before".

The hurricane slammed the Caribbean and Florida in September and caused catastrophic damage in Barbuda, the Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.

Topping that list were: Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer, Tom Petty, Super Bowl and Las Vegas shooting.

The website's most searched people included Lauer, Meghan Markle and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Last year, people mourned Prince, got lottery fever and, not surprisingly, searched all about the USA election.

The most searched movies were "It", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Wonder Woman". The actress announced her engagement to Prince Harry last month.

It may be mentioned that Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X also made it to the list of most-searched keywords this year. It is followed by iPhone X in the second position, video game console Nintendo Switch in the third, Samsung Galaxy S8 in the fourth and Xbox One X in the fifth position.

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