Top 10 Things People Asked Google In 2017

Google released its “Year in Search” on Wednesday, including the top 10 highest-searched questions of 2017. It’s a wide-ranging list that includes everything that grabbed the attention of internet-surfers in a year dominated by political changes and natural phenomena.

Some of the top Google searches this year include questions on how to define both serious and lighthearted words and phrases related to Donald Trump’s presidency. One, “covfefe,” remains a mystery months after its creation. Half of the top Google searches are linked to the Trump Administration. It’s unclear how many people searched each question, since Google said it does not have that data. But each search is tied to a significant news event this year.

Here are answers to some of the top-searched Google questions in 2017.

What is DACA?Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a U.S. government program more commonly known as DACA, protects some undocumented immigrants who came to the country illegally as children by allowing them to file a request to temporarily avoid deportation and remain in the country. Supporters say it offered a path out of the shadows for immigrants who have known no other home than the United States. The Trump Administration rescinded the program in September. About 800,000 people are currently protected by DACA, which was launched in 2012 under President Barack Obama. “I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws,” President Donald Trump said in a statement.

What is Bitcoin?Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency system that is used to make payments around the world. It has grown exceedingly popular since its development around 2008. Bitcoin uses a technology called the “blockchain” that functions as a public ledger, helping people spend and receive bitcoin without a centralized oversight system. In December, the value of Bitcoin soared past $17,000 as major trading exchanges began offering investors bitcoin futures. Roger Ver, the CEO, called the electronic cash system “one of the most important inventions in all of human history,” according to the company’s website. But doubters like JPMorganChase CEO Jamie Dimon consider bitcoin a “fraud.”

What is a solar eclipse?A solar eclipse is a celestial event that occurs when the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth and either partially or completely covers the entire face of the sun. In August, a total solar eclipse — visible only in the U.S. — sailed across the country from coast to coast for the first time in American history.


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