Manushi Chhillar was India's top trending personality of 2017 on Google

Wednesday, 13 Dec, 2017

Topping the list was "Boston Celtics", according to search engine giant Google, which on Wednesday released its annual list of the top trending searches among Boston users.

The number one search was Irma.

Next on the national roster were: Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, solar eclipse, Hurricane Harvey, Aaron Hernandez, and fidget spinner.

This was confirmed by Google Australia communications manager Camilla Ibrahim.

It's no secret that people turn to Google for answers to questions they are embarrassed to ask their friends.

Sophie Monk, the bachelorette who was looking for love on a reality television show, has captured the attention of several Australians. It's here that you'll see why it is that 2017 was the year that we asked "how" far more than anything else - and see how it shaped the way that each and every event went down.

Among others, this year's top "What is..." queries included President Buhari's state of health, JAMB and WAEC results, what a female Hyena is called, what Monkeypox is and what Bitcoin is.

However, popular mobile phones, including Samsung Galaxy Note 8, HTC U11, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 Plus, Sony Xperia XZ1, and LG G6 failed to make it to 2017's top searched words (consumer technology category). Also making it to the Top 10 list were Bollywood blockbusters Dangal and Badrinath Ki Dulhania.

When it came to "how to cook" searches, Aussies were most interested in tofu, eggplant and pasta. The trending queries are the searches that had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2017, with spam and repeat queries being filtered out.