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What Aussies searched for in 2020: Google’s “Year in Search”

I think like the Apple App Store top downloads the Google Search results of 2020 are going to be a very clear reminder of what a prick of a year 2020 has been.

Released every year around this time, Google looks at all the search data from Aussies and looks back to remind of us of those big moments in news, information and curiosity.

There are parts of these lists that are unsurprising, and others that when we look back we’ll wonder what the hell we were Googling that for!

Here’s the top trends on Google for 2020:

Overall Searches: 

  1. US election
  2. Coronavirus
  3. NBA
  4. Zoom
  5. Coronavirus symptoms
  6. Kobe Bryant
  7. Weather tomorrow
  8. Fires near me
  9. Coronavirus Victoria
  10. Trump vs Biden

News topics:

  1. US election 
  2. Coronavirus
  3. Fires near me
  4. Coronavirus Victoria
  5. Toilet paper
  6. NSW fires
  7. Qantas share price
  8. Air quality Melbourne
  9. Beirut explosion
  10. NSW coronavirus

Australian public figures:

  1. Dani Laidley
  2. Celeste Barber
  3. Gladys Berejiklian
  4. George Pell
  5. Quaden Bayles
  6. Pete Evans
  7. Nicola Gobbo
  8. Peter Dutton
  9. Richard Pusey
  10. Ben Cousins

Global public figures

  1. Joe Biden
  2. Kim Jong Un
  3. Boris Johnson
  4. Kamala Harris
  5. Tom Hanks
  6. Kanye West
  7. Joe Exotic
  8. Donald Trump
  9. Prince Harry
  10. Carole Baskin

Loss:

  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Naya Rivera
  3. Chadwick Boseman
  4. George Floyd
  5. Sean Connery
  6. Caroline Flack
  7. Kelly Preston
  8. Kenny Rogers
  9. Sushant Singh Rajput
  10. Shane Tuck

Sport:

  1. NBA
  2. EPL
  3. State of Origin 2020
  4. Champions League
  5. IPL
  6. French Open
  7. ATP Cup
  8. Australia vs New Zealand
  9. Tennis Australian Open
  10. AFL scores

Recipe

  1. Hand sanitizer 
  2. Sourdough bread
  3. Beef stroganoff
  4. Spaghetti bolognese
  5. Donut 
  6. Crumpet
  7. Macaron
  8. Anzac cookie
  9. Banana bread
  10.  Dalgona coffee 

How to….?  

  1. How to make hand sanitizer
  2. How to make a face mask
  3. How to use Zoom
  4. How to get tested for coronavirus
  5. How to make bread
  6. How to make self raising flour
  7. How to apply for Centrelink
  8. How to buy shares
  9. How to apply for JobKeeper
  10. How to make whipped coffee

DIY 

  1. DIY hand sanitiser
  2. DIY face mask pattern
  3. DIY neck hammock
  4. DIY ventilator
  5. DIY foot scrub
  6. DIY fire pit area
  7. DIY toilet paper
  8. DIY pottery kit
  9. DIY antibacterial wipes
  10. DIY scrunchie holder

Definitions

  1. COVID
  2. Pandemic 
  3. Branch stacking 
  4. Stimulus package 
  5. Stand down 
  6. Portmanteau 
  7. BIPOC 
  8. Barre 
  9. Lockdown 
  10. Karen

Goods and giving:

  1. Where to buy face masks
  2. Buy toilet paper online
  3. Buy from the bush
  4. Buy Ps5
  5. Buy Aussie now
  6. Where to buy hand sanitizer
  7. Buy isopropyl alcohol
  8. Buy a bale
  9. Buy Xbox Series X
  10. Buy dumbbells

‘Can I….?’

  1. Where can I buy toilet paper
  2. Where can I buy hand sanitiser
  3. Where can I get tested for coronavirus
  4. Can I access my super
  5. How many people can I have in my house
  6. When can I access my super
  7. Can I go fishing in NSW
  8. How much can I borrow home loan
  9. How far can I travel in QLD
  10. Can I leave Australia

What Aussies searched for in 2020: Google’s “Year in Search”
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