The top trending Google searches in SA

Kyra and Makenzie Molloy with their igloo at Foulksmills Co Wexford

Kyra and Makenzie Molloy with their igloo at Foulksmills Co Wexford

Google has published their annual "Year in Search" - their old Google digest, which sums up the most searched for keyword phrases over 2018.

That was seen with most of the searches being celebrities who died in 2018.

Google also specified the personalities that took prominence in search results this year. In the US, Demi Lovato, who suffered a drug overdose in July, was the most-searched person; Tristan Thompson was the top-searched athlete amidst a cheating scandal; and the sitcom Roseanne, which ABC cancelled in May following a racist tweet from star Roseanne Barr, was the top-searched TV show. Indian dancer Sapna Choudhary making it to the top three. The fifth most popular "What is." search is "What is the Commonwealth".

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With both a royal wedding and baby announcement, perhaps the least surprising name on the list is Meghan Markle, the actress and activist turned royal.

The top trending search query overall in the United Kingdom was the World Cup, in a year in which many England fans hoped the trophy would finally come home. That honour went to the World Cup. In terms of movies, the top searched for titles were Black Panther, Deadpool 2, Venom, Avengers: Infinity War, and Bohemian Rhapsody.

By March, the movie became the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time in the US, and was the 5th top-trending keyword of 2018. The company has provided over a thousand global top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, and news among others from more than 75 countries.

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