An Overview of 2015 in Google Searches

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Google Search hosts over one billion visitors worldwide each month and is the top ranking search engine in the world.
 
Here’s some of what the world Googled in 2015.
 

FEBRUARY

The Dress
thedressGold and white? Black and blue? The world may never know the real answer, but black and blue did receive the highest votes according to Google.
 
The top global questions regarding the dress included:

  • “What color is the dress?”
  • “Is the dress white and gold?”
  • “Is the dress blue and black?”
  • “Why is the dress different colors?”
  • “Where did the dress come from?”

 
Here are the top 5 cities that searched for the dress:

  • London
  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Toronto
  • Sydney

 

APRIL

The Nepal Earthquake
April 25, 2015 at 11:56AM Nepalese time, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, destroying thousands of homes and triggering a massive landslide on Mt. Everest, killing approximately 9,000 people.
 
In the wake of an unfortunate natural disaster, here’s what Google was asked:

  • How can I donate to the Nepal earthquake?
  • How do I volunteer in Nepal?
  • How can I help Nepal?
  • How do I donate clothes to Nepal?
  • Where can I donate tens for Nepal?

 

MAY

The Fight of the Century: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
One of the most anticipated fights occurred May 2 in Las Vegas – the undefeated Mayweather won against lighter weight opponent, Pacquiao.
 
Google search interest reflected the following stats:
     65% → Floyd Mayweather Jr.
     35% → Manny Pacquiao
 
And these top questions:

  • What time is the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight?
  • Who won the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight in 2015?
  • What time does the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight start?
  • Where to watch Mayweather vs Pacquiao?
  • What channel is Mayweather vs Pacquiao on?

 

JUNE – JULY

The 7th Women’s World Cup
The search interest for the Women’s World Cup in 2015 was almost double the interest from the previous in 2011.
 
womensworldcupHere are the top searched female players, 2014-2015:

  • Hope Solo, USA
  • Alex Morgan, USA
  • Abby Wambach, USA
  • Nahomi Kawasumi, Japan
  • Laure Boulleau, France

 
And the top 10 searched players by the Quarter Finals:

  • Hope Solo, USA
  • Alex Morgan, USA
  • Abby Wambach, USA
  • Megan Rapinoe, USA
  • Laure Boulleau, France
  • Louisa Nécib, France
  • Célia Šašić, Germany
  • Ali Krieger, USA
  • Christine Sinclair, Canada
  • Lena Goeßling, Germany

 

JULY

Cuba and the United States Restore Relations
July 20, the US and Cuba officially restored their diplomatic ties after 54 years of detachment.
 
Here are the top US interest searches for Cuba:

  • Florida
  • Oklahoma
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York

The top interest searches from Cuba for the US came primarily from Santiago de Cuba.
 

SEPTEMBER

Make Way as Pope Francis Travels to America
On September 22 Pope Francis came to the United States in his first official trip. During his visit, he became the first Pope to give an address to a joint session of the US Congress.
 
Here are the top questions from searchers on the Pope in the US:

  • How old is Pope Francis?
  • Where is Pope Francis from?
  • Who is Pope Francis?
  • Where was Pope Francis born?
  • What is Pope Francis’s first name?

 
The top search interests based on the cities Pope Francis visited peaked with Washington, D.C., then followed Philadelphia and New York.

 

SEPTEMBER

The Reign Continues for Queen Elizabeth II
QueenElizabethII_Elizabeth Windsor was crowned on June 2, 1953 and this past September 9, she officially became the longest serving Queen ever in history and also the longest reigning British monarch.
 
From Google searchers, the following countries had the greatest interest in the Queen:

  • Malta
  • United Kingdom
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Australia

 

OCTOBER

Life on Mars?
NASA scientists have discovered water flowing on the surface of Mars, breaching a whole new ground in searching for life beyond Earth. This great breakthrough helps to increase the hope and reality of traveling to the planet in the future.
 

Here are some of the top questions asked about Mars:

  • How long does it take to get to Mars?
  • How far is Mars from Earth?
  • What did NASA find on Mars?
  • What is the temperature on Mars?
  • How big is Mars?

 
The top planets globally searched:

  • Earth
  • Mars
  • Venus
  • Saturn
  • Mercury

 

NOVEMBER

A World in Terror
November 13 marked an unfortunate terrorist attack for the people of Paris, making the most fatal event in France since World War II. One day prior to this incident, Beirut, Lebanon experienced a number of deaths due to suicide bombers and twelve days before, a Russian airliner was bombed over the Sinai peninsula. We remember the lives of over 400 people as we look to a positive year for 2016.
 

DECEMBER

The Saga Continues…
Star_Wars_The_Force_Awakens

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens premiered on December 18 after months of anticipation from thousands of fans across the globe. The first official trailer for the film was released in October and is one of the highest viewed movie trailers of all time, reaching over 80 million global views.
 
 
 
 

Here are the top searched characters:

  • Darth Vader
  • Princess Leia
  • Chewbacca
  • Luke Skywalker
  • R2-D2
And the most interested countries:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • France

 
 
 


 
Sources
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Beirut_bombings
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_2015_Paris_attacks
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dress_(viral_phenomenon)
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Episode_VII_The_Force_Awakens
http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/search-engines
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/fdge45illk/fifa-womens-world-cup-wi/
https://www.google.com/trends/story/2015_GLOBAL
http://www.theplace2.ru/photos/Queen-Elizabeth-ll-md5097/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGbxmsDFVnE

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