Top 10 Google searches of 2017

Google has released its Year in Search 2017 report which shows the top 10 most searched topics overall as well as the top 10 searches in 20+ categories.

Musicians and politicians featured heavily in last year’s top search terms, with both David Bowie and Prince appearing in the top 10 following their deaths. Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and the word election were also in the lower end of the top 10.

Actor Meghan Markle topped the top Google searches in the UK this year, followed by the iPhone 8 (second), Hurricane Irma (third) and the words fidget spinner (fourth), as the BBC reports. The term Manchester bombing was the fifth most searched term of the year, following the terror attack on an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

No musicians made it into the top UK Google searches, however Tom Petty and Chester Bennington were in the top 10 global searches. The Linkin Park frontman, who died in July, was the ninth most searched term worldwide, while Petty, who passed away in October, was the seventh.

Not only are the top 10 lists themselves interesting but there are also some things we can learn from them which can help bring more visitors to our websites.

Top 10 Searches Overall

  1. Meghan Markle
  2. iPhone 8
  3. Hurricane Irma
  4. Fidget Spinner
  5. Manchester bombing
  6. Grenfell Tower
  7. 13 Reasons Why
  8. Tara Palmer Tomkinson
  9. Shannon Matthews
  10. iPhone X

Some of the other top 10 lists Google provides include

  • Top10 people searched
  • Top 10 news stories searched
  • Top 10 consumer tech searches
  • Top 10 how to searches

You can see the rest of the lists in the Year in Search 2017.

Google Glass app helps kids with autism see emotions

Google Glass app helps kids with autism see emotions

Stanford University researchers are testing software that is meant to help autistic children with social cues. The Google Glass software reads the emotions on people’s faces, then tells the user what those emotions are. Early research is yielding positive results:

 

Social Media Image Sizes 2016 Infographic

Social media is a key communication channel for youth workers.  One of the challenges is that all the different social media networks constantly change the goal posts in terms of how best to share your story.

The image sizes that Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and YouTube all use are all completely different.  Here’s a helpful infographic for these sites

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Google Street View tours the Guggenheim Museum

Google Street View tours the Guggenheim Museum

One of the museums I would love to revisit is the Guggenheim Museum in New York.  Unfortunately it isn’t the most affordable trip from the UK, which is why a new online tour of the museum will be a welcome addition to Google Street View.

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Captured using tripod-mounted cameras, Street View trolley cameras and even drones, anyone with Internet access can explore the museum’s well-known spiral staircase, which has been featured in scores of movies.

By navigating to a special Google-created site, users can virtually stroll through the museum’s halls and peer up through the structure’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed circular skylight (known in the museum as the oculus).

2015 in the eyes of Google

2015 was eventful!

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The biggest events of the year were reflected in internet searches. Google brings us their annual montage of the things that happened, that we talked about, that we wanted to know more about, in 2015.  Google trends in the UK for 2015http://Google trends in the UK for 2015.

The Optimal Length for Social Media Updates [Infographic]

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Many of us use social media, but these days if you want people to engage it is so important that you make sure your posts are the optimal length.

Check out this infographic from Buffer to help you know what is the optimal length for not just social media updates but also for hashtags, blog posts and titles, and even subject lines for emails.

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Google Street View Car Races Mercedes Supercar

Google Street View Car Races Mercedes Supercar

Google Street View Car isn’t exactly built for speed. It’s better for slow, steady neighborhood rides while collecting 360-degree imagery of its surroundings (and, sometimes, Wi-Fi data!). So, how would it fare against a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series with 631 horsepower and a top speed of 196 miles per hour?

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Simply put, it wouldn’t. The Mercedes leaves it in a cloud of smoke and burned tire fragments. The feature is, in part, thanks to Top Gear, which brought the Google Street View Car to its test track to take the imagery and place it on Google Maps. To spice things up, showrunners pitted the car against the extremely expensive Mercedes supercar for a virtual “race.”

To find it, type “Top Gear Test Track” into Google Maps and drag Google’s yellow pegman, located in the upper left corner of Maps, onto the map.

You can virtually stroll around the test track with the Mercedes, which is driven by Top Gear‘s infamous Stig. We can call this a 1:1 — the Mercedes may be faster, but the Street View Car takes nicer photos.

Funny stories from around the world

Some more funny and random headlines from around the world:

 

Carlsberg advert disses Apple release hype

As if there weren’t enough anti-Apple adverts from companies like Samsung and Google, now Carlsberg is getting in on the game too.

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The beer company released its first UK ad this week for Somersby cider, which pokes fun at all the fuss surrounding Apple product launches.  In the video, dozens of people rush into an Apple-style store to get their hands on the latest products, except instead of iPhones and iPads, the store’s tables are filled with actual apples and glasses filled with cider.

The Somersby salespeople tout their products as “completely wireless,” being “full of great content” and, perhaps best of all, working “perfectly in direct sunlight.”