Sport, cryptocurrency and the Covid-19 pandemic have dominated Australians’ internet searches over the past 12 months.
Google on Wednesday released its annual Year in Search report using Google Trends to reveal what Australians wanted to know about.
The first seven of the top 10 overall searches were all sport related, with the NBA, AFL, cricket, NRL, European football, Wimbledon and the Olympics taking out the top spots.
Coming in at eighth and ninth place respectively were Covid NSW and the popular Australia-based cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinspot.
Prince Philip, who died in April aged 99, was the 10th most searched term this year and the top search for people who died.
In this category, which Google calls “loss-related searches”, the British royal’s name was followed by Gabby Petito.
The 22-year-old American woman was killed in August while travelling on a vanlife journey across the United States with her fiance.
Ms Petito, whose remains were not found for weeks, sparked an internet frenzy propelled by amateur sleuths sharing theories on TikTok about her disappearance.
Her fiance Brian Laundrie was fourth most searched name in the loss-related category.
But taking out the third spot in this category was the name of Australia showbiz icon Bert Newton, who died in October aged 83.
Australian music legend Michael Gudinski and trailblazing fashion designer Carla Zampatti were the other Australians to feature in the top 10 loss-related searches.
Greater Sydney’s Delta outbreak prompted the longest lockdown of any Australian city in 2021, which affected millions of people and dominated the news cycle for a significant part of the year.
It’s not surprising that Covid NSW was the top news event Google search of the year.
Coming in second was searches for Cleo Smith, the four-year-old West Australian girl whose disappearance from her family’s tent and subsequent rescue captivated people around the world.
Searches for coronavirus updates in Queensland and Victoria took out the third and fifth spots respectively.
In between those two were searches for Alec Baldwin, the American actor who made headlines this year after a prop-gun accident killed a cinematographer on the set of his film Rust.
The ongoing search for missing NSW boy William Tyrrell took the sixth spot in the news event category, followed by Bert Newton’s death.
Liberal MP and former attorney general Christian Porter was the eighth most searched term for news event.
The top 10 was rounded out with searches for Afghanistan, whose capital city Kabul fell to the Taliban in August, and the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that rocked Victoria in September.
How to get a vaccination certificate was the most Googled “how to” term this year, with sport and cryptocurrency also making appearances in this category.
Australians were keen to know how to tie a tie, how to deliver Uber Eats, how to buy Dogecoin and how to watch the Olympics and the 2021 European Football Championship in Australia.
Four other vaccine-related searches appeared in the top 10 including how to win the Million Dollar Vax lottery, a random draw to encourage Australians to get vaccinated that turned a NSW student into an instant millionaire.
Emancipated, insurrection, gaslighting, NAIDOC, NFT and Omicron were the top six searches for meanings and definitions.