Google on Wednesday released its annual "year in search" list, which takes a look at which topics earned the biggest spike in Google search traffic in 2018 compared to the year before.
Interest for the search was highest in African nations.
Top-trending SA searches: World Cup fixtures, Load-shedding, Global Citizen, Zuma, Winnie Mandela, HHP, Listeriosis, Black Panther, Meghan Markle, Mac Miller. The surprise here, however, is that Black Panther dethroned the unstoppable hype machine that was Infinity War.
On the music front, Neha Kakkar's Dilbar Dilbar, Arijit Singh's Tera Fitoor dominated other tracks being searched on Google, whereas the lone non-regional track was Latin hit Despacito continued to feature in the top list this year.
Under the "near me" category, people searched the most for "mobile stores near me".
Here’s what trended on Google in India
Meanwhile, scandals also made for heavy search volumes.
Prediction: next year's top google search will be "What is Brexit", peaking right around March 29th. Wink-girl Priya Prakash Varrier surfaced as the most searched personality on the search engine in India, followed by Priyanka Chopra's spouse Nick Jonas, while Chopra herself came at the fourth place.
The top news topics searched for across the globe were World Cup, Hurricane Florence, Mega Millions Result, Royal Wedding, and Election Results.
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, topped the list of most popular people, followed by singer Demi Lovato, actor Sylvester Stallone, YouTuber Logan Paul, and reality TV star Khloé Kardashian.
But, seven of the 10 most keenly pursued new searches for the year globally centered on rising stars or established icons who passed, among them Anthony Bourdain, Stephen Hawking and Kate Spade.