Saturday 21st May 2016

I’m not sure what the cut off is for Google’s daily trend data.  Today’s high with 20,000+ (far fewer than typical weekday highs, how much time do people spend randomly Googling at work?) searches is Rangers…

Rangers top UK Google trends list 21st May 2016

However, given that Rangers lost the Scottish FA cup final today and that Hibs won it for the first time in over 100 years, it seems likely that searches for Hibernian football club may eclipse those for Rangers as the day progresses!

Let’s not forget that today is one of two cup finals, with the English FA Cup final also taking place at Wembley.  With a later (17.30) kick-off, one may reasonably expect that searches for the two teams involved in this encounter (Manchester United and Crystal Palace) may reak their peak later in the day.

OK, so another quick look at the Google trends page reveals a statement that it was updated “about an hour ago”.  Mental note to check again in about an hour.

Thursday 19th May 2016 – EgyptAir

Well, it’s certainly not much of a surprise to see that the disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804 tops today’s Google searches in the UK with over 200,000.

While early reports spoke simply of a disappearance with radar contact being lost at 01:30 BST, it quickly became clear that something more sinister was likely to have happened to the flight carrying 66 passengers (30 Egyptians, 15 French and 10 other nationalities including one Briton).

Likely causes for the (now known to have crashed) plane’s plunge from the sky were discussed by various worldwide news outlets throughout the day.  Whilst technical difficulties have not been ruled out, many are quick to point out that terrorism is a far more likely reason.  Indeed, the BBC quotes Sherif Fathy, Egypt’s civil aviation minister, as “…the possibility of having a different action, or having a terror attack, is higher than the possibility of having a technical [fault].”

With debris now being picked up on Mediterranean shores, the investigation into the cause of the crash will gather momentum.  It remains to be seen whether explanations will be found for the apparent 90° turn, followed by a 360° turn, before the sudden plunge, which was reported by Greek authorities.

Whatever the cause of this tragedy, Egypt is likely to remain cautious about releasing information regarding the plane for fear of unnecessarily impacting the country’s tourism industry, already facing serious losses following the downing of the Russian jet over the Sinai in October.


Bizarrely, the second most popular search today was for “Sky News”, with over 100000 queries for the term.  Presumably some of those would be accounted for by queries from those seeking news on EgyptAir flight MS804, though.

Tuesday 17th May 2016 – Harvey Price

Haha, cracking top search on Google in the UK today.  One that triggered the oft repeated “broke the internet” claims etc. and surprised more than a few (kind of).

Harvey Price
Harvey Price tops Google in UK on 17th May 2016

Viewing the daily Google trends both entertains and offers an occasionally illuminating insight into the major news stories and trends currently concerning the British public.  Or highlights how low down the immediate interest level significant world events can lie in comparison to celebrity gossip…

Having spent very little time online today, Harvey Price’s breaking of the internet passed me by.  However, sticking his name into Google quickly revealed the reason for his popularity today (and caused a bit of a chuckle).

Here’s what it brings up:

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Harvey Price Google search 17th May 2016

Yes, poor Harvey has gained even more fame/popularity by uttering the ‘C’ word on live television.

This has been referred to as a ‘gaffe’, ‘dropping the C-bomb’ and Harvey a ‘legend’ and an ‘anti-troll hero’.  Surprisingly, perhaps, most of the posts, tweets and other online commentary has been positive.  Indeed, the only negative comments are directed at his mother, Katie Price, who many accuse of exploiting her son.

But, truth be told, we’re probably all exploiting him by searching for him today and revelling in what happened.  I’ve admitted I laughed at first (and still find it childishly amusing) but I think everyone will be full of support and admiration for the emotion and bravery he’s shown in indicating how he would/does stand up to the bullies who mock him.