It’s hard to imagine life without Google but it was only 20 years ago when the search engine launched in Australia.
Google Australia started with one employee working from their loungeroom in 2002, when the most popular search engine was Yahoo!.
It now has more than 2000 local employees and provides nearly $67 billion in annual economic value to Australia.
To commemorate the milestone, Google Australia has shared some of the most popular searches Aussies have made over the past 20 years.
Google said do it yourself (DIY) searches were popular in Australia with many people searching for DIY blinds, face masks, wedding invites and Christmas decorations.
The top how to search was “how to draw”.
COVID-19 topped the list for words searched alongside “news”, followed by Trump.
Sport was a top searched term with AFL, NRL and F1 news making the list.
Aussies spent a lot of time googling self care, with “what is self care” being a top searched term.
In the past five years Aussies really became creative in the kitchen, with some technical cooking terms proving to be commonly searched.
Travel was also a popular search term but surprisingly “time travel” was the top searched.
Below are some of the top searched terms from Google Australia.
Top searched terms alongside “news” in Australia
- Covid news
- Trump news
- AFL news
- NRL news
- Police news
- Qld news
- Ukraine news
- Arsenal news
- F1 news
- China news
Top DIY searches in Australia
- Face mask
- Wedding invitations
- Christmas decorations
- Christmas gifts
- Room decorations
- Halloween costumes
- Room decor
Top items searched with “do op shops/charity shops sell…” in Australia
- Door beads
- Sim cards
- Gift cards
Top questions on self care in Australia
- What is self care?
- Why is self care important?
- How to self care?
- What to put in a self care box?
- What is self care capacity?
- Is self care selfish?
- What is a self care plan?
- What are self care strategies?
- What are self care activities?
- What is self care in nursing?
Top searched “self care for …” in Australia
- Social workers
- New mums
Top searches for “how to build (a) …” in Australia
- Retaining wall
- Cubby house
- Pizza oven
- Dog kennel
Top searched types of travel in Australia
- Time travel
- International travel
- Student travel
- Last minute travel
- Smart travel
- Space travel
- Load and go travel
- Air travel
- World travel
- Cheap travel