20 years of Google: ‘How to’ questions constitute most popular searches

Two decades ago, Google.com was registered as a domain name. Ever since, the world’s most popular search engine has been changing our lives. Instead of asking a friend or a family member a question, most people today go online, specifically to Google, in order to find the answer.
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20 years ago, the Google domain name was registered. The most extensive search engine in the world has forever changed our lives and the way we ask questions and find information. Every day, about three billion online searches are carried out. 94% of them are via Google. Many times, users search Google not only for the answers to questions but also to get to social media sites in the fastest manner. In the first quarter of 2017, the words “YouTube” and “Facebook” were the most popular Google searches in the US.

In Israel, the most popular words searched in 2016 were “Big Brother” and “Pokémon GO.” Google has become such a significant aspect of our lives that an official Hebrew word that describes the use of the search engine was created.

Questions that start with the words “how to” were among the most asked on Google in Israel and around the world. The following “how to” questions were among the most frequent: How to tie a tie? How to kiss? How to get pregnant?

While Google’s databases are enormous, not everyone in the world can access them. In China, the most populated country in the world, not everyone has access to all of the databases because the search results are censored by the Chinese government. Not far from China, in North Korea, there is no access to Google at all. In recent years, it has been reported that Turkey has been censoring various Google services.



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