Top Google searches in SA in 2014

Google has released its 2014 Year in Search report, which shows that Senzo Meyiwa, Ebola, Robin Williams and Oscar Pistorius were the top trending search terms in South Africa in 2014.

The top search terms globally were Robin Williams’s death. “The passing of Robin Williams shook the world, bringing many people online to search for more information,” said Google’s vice president of search, Amit Singhal.

World Cup fever was the second hottest search trend at Google, with Ebola and tragedy-struck Malaysia Airlines taking third and fourth places.

Looking at South African searches, Google provided the following categories of top search terms.

Top trending searches

  1. Senzo Meyiwa
  2. Ebola
  3. Robin Williams
  4. Oscar Pistorius
  5. World Cup 2014
  6. Kelly Khumalo
  7. IEC
  8. Big Brother Mzansi
  9. Joan Rivers
  10. Michael Shumacher

Top current affairs searches

  1. Oscar Pistorius Trial
  2. Ebola outbreak
  3. South Africa National General Elections
  4. MH370 plane disappearance
  5. AMCU Strike
  6. ISIS (Islamic State insurgency in Iraq/Syria)
  7. NUMSA Strike
  8. Ukraine Crisis
  9. Nkandla Report
  10. 2013 Matric Results

Top how to searches

  1. How to rock
  2. How to bath
  3. How to whatsapp
  4. How to smoke
  5. How to longboard
  6. How to model
  7. How to pout
  8. How to behave
  9. How to convert
  10. How to contour

Top politician search terms

  1. Julius Malema
  2. Jacob Zuma
  3. Musi Maimane
  4. Lindiwe Mazibuko
  5. Kgalema Motlanthe
  6. Nhlanhla Nene
  7. Lindiwe Zulu
  8. Thandi Modise
  9. Pallo Jordan
  10. Tim Harris

Top South African people searches

  1. Senzo Meyiwa
  2. Oscar Pistorius
  3. Kelly Khumalo
  4. Eddie Zondi
  5. Lesego Motsepe
  6. Boity Thulo
  7. Michelle Burger
  8. Gerrie Nel
  9. Cassper Nyovest
  10. Barry Roux

Top what is searches

  1. What is ebola?
  2. What is ALS?
  3. What is nyoso?
  4. What is asphyxia?
  5. What is corruption?
  6. What is fraud?
  7. What is ISIS?
  8. What is bigamy?
  9. What is neknomination?
  10. What is trading?

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