Photo credit: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO
If there’s one universal truth, it’s that Google has all the answers. And when it comes to what dominated our online searches in 2019, Google knows that too.
Based on the Google Year in Search study, here’s what captured our attention over the past 12 months…
“Disney Plus” made big waves
The world didn’t necessarily ask for another streaming service (or five), but we got more of them nevertheless. None has had a bigger impact in 2019 than Disney+. Not only was “Disney Plus” the most popular Google search for tech this past year, but it was also the biggest trending search out of everything on the web!
The impact Disney+ had on our online searches is impressive when you consider that the streaming service wasn’t even announced until mid-April and didn’t launch until November. Disney+, though, captured the hearts, screens and online searches of both critics and viewers, in part thanks to Baby Yoda (a.k.a. The Child in the popular Disney+ original series The Mandalorian). He was even the most searched baby!
The iPhone 11 didn’t just make sales, it made trending search results
The new three-hole camera on the Apple iPhone 11 Pro may have triggered trypophobes the world over, but it was still wildly popular. Within the first two weeks of availability, the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro accounted for 20% of all iPhone sales and rumors abounded that Apple ordered an additional eight million units to keep up with demand. By the end of the year, it was the ninth most searched item in all of the United States (see above).
That’s not to say it’s been smooth sailing for the iPhone 11 throughout 2019. The latest iOS 13.3 update released last week solved for a privacy issue that iPhone 11 and 11 Pro phones were tracking user locations even when the feature was disabled — something Apple previously denied.
Everyone wanted to watch the last season of Game of Thrones
Winter came, and everyone wanted to know how the hit HBO series Game of Thrones would end after seven seasons. The medieval fantasy, based on George R.R. Martin’s book series, was the biggest trending TV show of 2019.
While the impact Game of Thrones had on the world of original content and big-budget series is undeniable, the big question after the series ended would be whether or not HBO could hang on to its subscription base, especially after they canceled the Game of Thrones prequel that was meant to keep viewers on board.
Who or what is Momo?
One of the biggest trending “What is…” questions this year had people searching for “What is momo?” The Momo challenge started widely circulating in early 2019 causing parents to be concerned about the safety of their children online and police to issue warnings. While the challenge turned out to be a viral hoax, it did make everyone pause to think more about online safety and parental controls.