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Technology Google Reveals Its Top Searches of the Year And, Yes, It's Mostly Memes

04:00  15 december  2019
04:00  15 december  2019 Source:   gizmodo.com

Google Search Now Has a (I'll Probably Never) Watchlist

  Google Search Now Has a (I'll Probably Never) Watchlist There is entirely too much content out there—so much so that plenty of folks find it quite literally overwhelming. And trying to keep track of all those horror movies and melodramatic reality shows and whodunnits starring Chris Evans in a cable knit sweater (oh ok, fine. There’s only one of those. But I’m optimistic for the future.) © Image: Alastair Pike / AFP (Getty)Anyway, it’s become one everlasting treadmill of a first-world problem. One that Google Search’s new “Watchlist” may not solve exactly, but it might make things a little easier.

Google has released its annual list of top searches around the world, including overall searches and searches in various categories. Top queries reflect everyday questions, as well as the people and events that made headlines in 2018. Certain events led to people searching for how to improve their

Google has released its annual list of top searches around the world, including overall searches and searches in various categories. Top queries reflect everyday questions, as well as the people and events that made headlines in 2018. Certain events led to people searching for how to improve their

The Game of Thrones Starbucks cup debacle. Watching Notre Dame go up in flames. The moment the world fell in love with Baby Yoda. Going through Google’s top searches of the year feels like flipping through a scrapbook of the internet’s collective obsessions. Released this week, the company’s annual “Year in Search” gives a snapshot of the most impactful celebrities, news, and trends of 2019—at least, in terms of Google searches—and this year’s data illustrates one fact very clearly: In its first full calendar year in America, TikTok has become the new progenitor of memes.

  Google Reveals Its Top Searches of the Year And, Yes, It's Mostly Memes © Photo: Leon Neal (Getty)

The music app’s influence can even be seen at the international level in this year’s most searched song, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X. Before it became the longest-running #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for six Grammys, hundreds of thousands of users were dancing to the catchy country-rap mashup in TikTok videos, helping to propel it to virality.

Google digs into deeper meanings of searches

  Google digs into deeper meanings of searches MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) — Google is paying more attention to the small words in your searches. Want to figure out how to park on a hill with no curb? Google now takes that "no" into account, and shows top results that include parking instructions without curbs. The company is rolling out the change to English language searches in the U.S. starting this week. The company is rolling out the change to English language searches in the U.S. starting this week. Google said it expects the shift will give better results for every one in 10 searches.

We’ve just uploaded fresh data from the previous month into Keywords Explorer—our monstrous keywords database—and naturally, we wanted to know which Google .

Google has released its year in search results with insights into what South Africans searched for in "This year nine out of the 10 trending searches were local stuff and not just international content, where It ’ s a weird question, until you Google it. Earlier this year memes and posts were doing the

E-girl and e-boy, a scene-culture-inspired take on the iconic Instagram influencer that’s native to TikTok, came in as the second and third top fashion It’s a subculture that flirts the line between ironic exaggeration of internet celebrity and genuine fashion trend among the youths. Either way, the formula behind the e-girl style—dyed hair, bold eye makeup, cutesy punk clothing—is so routinely mocked as cookie-cutter that the trend was partially popularized by a meme about a mythical “e-girl factor” that churns them out.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be 2019 without VSCO girls making an appearance. If that just sounds like gibberish to you, you’re definitely not alone: VSCO was a top search across three different categories, and “What is a VSCO girl” was one of this year’s most searched questions. Named after a popular photo-editing app, VSCO girls are Gen-Z’s entry into the hall of ubiquitous high school stereotypes—you know: your jocks, your geeks, etc. They’re identifiable by their HydroFlask water bottles, puka shell necklaces, and scrunches, they routinely spout meme-y catchphrases like “sksksk” and “and I oop,” and you’ll find no end to videos mocking this caricature on Tiktok.

Here's what searches spiked on Google in response to Democrats' debate

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“ It ’ s about you showing up at Google and having a consistent experience across products so they feel like one product, and that makes your experiences with every The way Google is tying its search engine, which dominates the market, with a less popular product in Plus has set off antitrust concerns.

Google released its annual list of top trending searches , revealing the most popular topics in 2019 across different categories. Google primarily looked at movies, TV, and music, highlighting that 2010 marked the year of Justin Bieber’ s first studio album and the year that Lebron James became a free

Since its debut in August 2018, TikTok has been downloaded 1.5 billion times, shooting it to the top of app charts and, apparently, Google searches too. Per a Business Insider report, the short-form video app is now even beginning to rival other veteran social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, which have 2.4 billion downloads and 1.4 billion downloads respectively, according to analytics firm SensorTower. And it’s that same kind of rapid growth that’s also attracted plenty of attention from the United States government regarding how TikTok handles data from minors and its relationship with its parent company, the Beijing-based ByteDance, and the Chinese government at large.

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As for other tech, the recently released iPhone 11 was the only gadget to break the top ten Google searches of 2019, proving Apple continues to dominate the cultural zeitgeist no matter how many smartphones come onto the market. Though Disney’s dedicated streaming service, Disney+, managed to top the charts in America despite its shaky launch. No other streaming services even cracked the list, despite Apple TV+ also debuting this year and NBC’s Peacock and HBO Max generating plenty of buzz ahead of their 2020 launches, which makes things look pretty favorable for Disney holding its own in the so-called “streaming wars.” Though I’ll admit the House of Mouse had an ace up its sleeve with Baby Yoda, the breakout star of Disney’s $100 million Star Wars series“The Mandalorian” exclusive to Disney+. Google’s yearend statistics reflect as much too: Baby Yoda was this year’s most-searched baby (because, yes, that is a category for some reason), thus beating out celebrity spawn from the likes of Cardi B, Kim Kardashian, and literal royalty.

Google Maps for Apple devices now supports Incognito mode. Here's how to turn it on

  Google Maps for Apple devices now supports Incognito mode. Here's how to turn it on Google has rolled out an update to its Maps app allowing users on iOS devices like the iPhone to search in incognito mode.Google announced this week it has rolled out Incognito Mode for iOS versions of Google Maps.

Now the Internet search giant has some more information for us — and we don't even have to look it up! RELATED: Sports Illustrated names Serena Williams as its 2015 Sportsperson of the Year . Google has gathered the top trending searches of the year , and the results offer a spotlight into the year ' s

Google posted its top results in the U. S . and globally on a special website: google .com/2017. ] Tom Petty, the rock icon who died earlier this year , was third, followed by the Super Bowl. Three of the top five most popular people searched in 2017 faced accusations: Lauer, movie mogul Harvey

Because 2019 was also the year of making memes into reality, the nationwide mania over Area 51 reflected in Google’s year-end results as well, with the term making the top-1o list across four different categories, including top news search. While the joke Facebook event “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” received millions of pledges over the course of last summer, the actual event only attracted about 100 people, which my colleague Jennings Brown described as a “motley assortment of believers, seekers, and enthusiastic teenagers who descended on a lonely stretch of desert to make their meme dreams real.” And against all odds, they somehow managed to avoid becoming this year’s Fyre Festival fiasco.

What I found most interesting about Google’s “Year in Search” is its list of most-searched questions, which seem to chronicle what everyone was talking about at any given time in 2019. Questions like “What is quid pro quo” (and why won’t the president shut up about it), “What is a boomer,” “What is Bird Box about,” and—now this one I think we can all agree to leave in 2019—“What is momo.”

Incognito Mode for Google Maps has arrived on Android .
Earlier this month Google announced that its new Incognito feature for Maps had started to roll out, and now it should be here on your Android devices. Android Police points out a post on the support page from yesterday indicating that the rollout has begun in earnest. While it could take a few days to reach everyone (iOS support is still "coming soon"), if it's available for you, then enabling it only requires a few steps: Open the Google MapsIt's not something you'll want to use all the time as some features will be disabled, and it's important to note that it doesn't turn off all tracking.

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