Search engine giant Google has revealed the most popular searches on the internet for 2020 by Australians, revealing a year like no other.
The Year in Search 2020 report is a reflection of which thoughts are front and centre for Australians.
Scroll down the see the most searched lists on Google by Australians in 2020.
“2020 has been a year like no other, marked by blazing bushfires, a global pandemic – and cravings for comfort food,” Google Australia’s Camilla Ibrahim told 7NEWS.com.au.
“We sought definitions, made sense of restrictions and looked to help people in need.
“We were stood down from jobs, stood up for Black Lives Matter and stood behind Quaden Bayles.
“We hunted for hand sanitiser, stocked up on toilet paper and donated bales of hay.”
You would not be surprised to learn that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic dominated Google searches for Australians, with three of the top ten search terms revolving around the virus.
10. Trump vs Biden
It’s been hard to turn on a TV, look up a news site or watch anything online recently that hasn’t related to Donald Trump, Joe Biden or the US presidential election.
It has proven to be one of the closest and most divisive polls in American history.
There was Donald Trump contracting COVID-19, THAT crazy and fiery first presidential debate, and the drawn out US election results that have become the focus of many legal challenges filed by President Trump’s team.
9. Coronavirus Victoria
Victoria has now gone 39 days without a new local coronavirus case – but it wasn’t all smooth sailing.
Daily briefings from premier Daniel Andrews became the norm after Victoria’s disastrous hotel quarantine bungle that has been blamed for 768 deaths, 18,000 infections and an entire state being sent into a devastating lockdown.
The controversial program made international headlines when private security guards breached infection control, which allowed the virus to spread into the community, creating a devastating second wave.
This meant Australians flocked to Google to gather information on the latest developments, border closures and travel restrictions being eased, and daily coronavirus updates from the state’s premier.
8. Fires near me
New South Wales residents suffered one of the darkest bushfire seasons in recent history, only months before the coronavirus pandemic took over our attention.
They were searching for updates on nearby fires in the midst of a catastrophic and unprecedented bushfire season in which 25 people died, almost 2500 homes were razed, more than 5.5 million hectares were burned and billions of animals perished.
Victoria was also hard hit by the summer blaze, where a state of disaster was declared after fires burned more than 1.2 million hectares in January.
Further to that, two people and an estimated 25,000 koalas were killed when bushfires reached Kangaroo Island in South Australia in early January.
7. Weather tomorrow
Australians faced 2020 with a different sense of excitement for getting outside amid wide-ranging restrictions on what we could or couldn’t do because of coronavirus.
This meant that we were constantly looking for updates on weather with short notice.
Predictably, Australians felt all variants of weather this year – from the devastating summer heat to cyclones, and thunderstorms and snow.
6. Kobe Bryant
Former NBA player Kobe Bryant, who played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, died on 26 January 2020 in a helicopter crash.
Bryant, 41, was one of five people on board a helicopter when it crashed in Calabasas in California.
5. Coronavirus symptoms
As the number of infections grows worldwide millions of Australians were wondering what symptoms to be on the lookout for and how to protect themselves.
With tough restrictions in place around the country, Australians were constantly reminded to be acutely aware of the signs and symptoms so they could self-isolate and get tested as soon as possible.
A year ago, it only had 66,300 customers with at least 10 employees paying for subscriptions.
By the end of its fiscal second quarter, video conferencing service Zoom had 370,200 customers with at least 10 employees, a gain of about 105,000 customers from the end of April.
It has been deepening its integral role in life during the coronavirus pandemic as tens of thousands more businesses and other users pay for subscriptions.
Zoom in September reported revenue for May-July more than quadrupled from the same time last year to $US663.5 million ($A899.5 million), boosted by rising numbers of users converting from free to paid versions of its service.
The increasing use of Zoom coupled with inexperience in using video conferencing software has brought about some issues.
Thousands of Zoom accounts have been found to be for sale on the dark web, online school classes were hacked and shown porn instead of class material, and a senior writer was sacked after being caught exposing himself during a Zoom call.
The popularity of the NBA in Australia has soared over the past 12 months.
Australians were interested in Michael Jordan’s The Last Dance, powerful gestures in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, updates on the NBA’s handling of coronavirus among its players, and the general schedule of games the National Basketball Association facilitates.
Australia’s year took a turn for the tougher when coronavirus was declared a human biosecurity emergency by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in March.
He announced a ban on all non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, airlines began suspending all of their international flights, and shoppers started panic buying (with toilet paper proving a popular product for hoarding).
Massive restrictions on the way tourism, hospitality and businesses crushed the domestic economy, as millions of Australian businesses and individual turned to the Australian Government for support payments, like JobKeeper and JobSeeker.
After months of battling COVID-19, Australians would continue to search Google for updates on border closures and restrictions that have only recently begun to ease.
1. US election
From the US election itself to the bizarre antics of President Donald Trump, Australians were intrigued by the ongoing US election saga.
“We all look to the United States – it’s the most powerful democracy on the planet,” United States Studies Centre CEO, Professor Simon Jackman told the News Fix podcast.
“It is, by a country mile, our most important foreign relationship strategically, in defence, in trade and investment as well.”