Nearing the end of 2017 means it’s time to reflect on everything we did over the year, (regardless of whether we actually want to remember it). There’s no better way to dig into what Mississippians cared about 2017 than Google. We dug into your top and trending searches over the past 12 months, and while some of them got a little weird, most of them are a fairly accurate reflection of how we spent the year.
(You can interact with most of the Google widgets to see the full list of top queries, as well as toggle between those and “rising” searches, which show a percentage increase in interest for particular searches compared to 2016.)
Mississippi was captivated by Irma.
By far, the biggest trending topic of the year for Mississippians was Hurricane Irma, a catastrophic Atlantic hurricane and the most intense to make landfall in the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina. It was also one of the most searched topics nationally.
Other rising topics included the iPhone X and a renewed interest in North Korea.
A larger percentage of Mississippians Googled “how to make slime” than residents in any other state in the country.
How-to searches are universally popular, particularly on YouTube where millions of people can learn how to do/make/cook/build just about anything.
Interest in the NCAA’s investigation of the Ole Miss football program (and its December ruling) wasn’t limited to Oxford.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest sports stories of the year was the looming conclusion of the NCAA’s years-long investigation into the Ole Miss football program. Google proved to be a valuable resource for those keeping up with the news.
When it came to what dominated news headlines, the winners were Trump and SEC football.
The top Google News searches should come as a surprise to no one.
Mississippians searching for vacation information tended to stick to Florida and the Smoky Mountains.
Just like in previous years, we turned to Google for tips on just about everything, from birthdays to meals to tattoos.
And slime. Lots and lots of slime.
This post was last modified on December 15, 2017, 1:07 pm