It was woman power to the fore in 2016—seven of the top 10 personalities who were searched for on Google in India were women.
The list included Olympians P.V.Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik. Not surprisingly then, Rio Olympics 2016 emerged as the top trending search query on Google India in 2016, followed by Pokémon Go, a game that took the world by storm.
Globally, the addictive game appeared four times in Google’s list of top 10 “How to…", with “How to play Pokémon Go?" at the top.
US president-elect Donald Trump emerged on top of the list of trending personalities both in India and abroad, followed at home by Sindhu, who took the second spot.
Tinseltown of course couldn’t be denied, with Salman Khan’s blockbuster Sultan and Rajnikanth’s Kabali occupying the top spots among trending movies.
These were the top trending stories of 2016, according to Google, based on trillions of searches made by Indians over the year.
Among the top trending personalities in India, Sonam Gupta, the latest social media obsession, was a surprise No. 3, while Indian gymnast Karmakar came fourth spot, followed by actress Disha Patani, who recently made her Bollywood debut in a biopic of cricket star M.S. Dhoni. Malik, a female wrestler and Olympic medallist, also featured in the top 10.
Among news moments, the Olympics topped the charts, with Trump’s historic win in the US elections and Brexit, the UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union, also among the most popular searches. The Seventh Pay Commission, demonetization and the Indian Army’s surgical strike on terror groups across the Line of Control were also among the top 10 news moments of the year.
Globally, nine of the 10 top trending people of the year were involved either with the Olympics or the US elections. The one outlier? Steven Avery, the subject of Netflix’s Making a Murderer documentary.