Australia is a nation of sports fans, and we have the data to prove it.
Google released its year in the search list for 2021, and sports won seven of the top 10 spots in Australia overall.
However, the most searched sport on Google was not local, but the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States.
The NBA’s enduring popularity is evident in the previous year’s roster, in which it came third behind the U.S. election and the coronavirus.
Google dominates as the largest search engine, allegedly accounting for 95 percent of all search activity on the Internet.
Alfonso Lamadrid, lawyer for Google’s parent company, Alphabet, said that the most common search query on Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, was “by far, Google”.
Google’s annual “year of research” report details key search trends around the world as well as by country using the publicly available Google Trends tool.
This data provides insight into what information people search for and what keywords websites need to rank high in Google search results.
Finding Barty’s Party
This year Australia’s top five searches were completed by AFL, Australia vs. India (cricket), LNR and Euro 2021.
Wimbledon came in sixth, but overall tennis was a popular topic with people also looking for Ash Barty, Nick Kyrgios, Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu.
The Australians were eager to hear the results of the Olympic medal tally and celebrate the achievements of gold medal swimmer Ariarne Titmus and runner Peter Bol.
They also wanted to learn the meaning of ROC at the Tokyo Olympics, which allowed Russian athletes to participate in the Games.
COVID NSW Leading Research News Event
Two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and Australians are still hungry for information as they face unexpected changes.
“COVID NSW” was the seventh global search trend in 2021 and the most searched news event.
“QLD COVID update” was the third researched news event and “Victoria coronavirus” was the fifth.
Questions about the COVID vaccine dominated research from “how …?” “.
Number one was “how to get a vaccination certificate,” followed by “how to reserve the COVID vaccine” in sixth, “how to link medicare to mygov” in eighth, “how to reserve the pfizer vaccine” in ninth and ” million dollars vax how to enter “in tenth.
Australians also wanted to know the meaning of Omicron, which emerged as a worrying variant in late November.
Growing interest in cryptocurrency
Australia-based cryptocurrency exchange CoinSpot came in ninth on the overall search list.
Cryptocurrency is a topic that did not appear on the list in 2020, but saw a spike in research interest in the first half of 2021.
Tech billionaire Elon Musk has helped drive some of the crypto research traffic with his tweets on the topic.
Musk also ditched Dogecoin when it appeared on Saturday Night Live in May.
This year, “how to buy dogecoins” was the fourth most searched “how-to” question in Australia.
People also wanted to know the meaning of NFT, which stands for non-fungible tokens.
Prince Philip and Bert Newton remember
Prince Philip, who died in April at the age of 99, was the tenth most searched subject this year.
He was also the most wanted person regarding “loss”.
Australian TV presenter Bert Newton came in third on the list.
Other figures who died this year included British comedian Sean Lock, music icon Michael Gudinski, fashion designer Carla Zampatti, actress Helen McCrory and late-night talk show host Larry King.
But it was American Gabby Petito who captivated Australians, who sought answers on where she was after the 22-year-old disappeared in August.
Sadly, Ms Petito was found dead, allegedly murdered by her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, who was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In another tragic case, Britain’s Sarah Everard was kidnapped on her way home to a friend in south London in March.
Police officer Wayne Couzens falsely arrested Ms. Everard before raping and murdering her. Couzens, 48, was sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole.