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Freedom Day and Thanos dominate Google search queries this week

google search queries south africaFrom Caster Semenya and Thanos to Freedom Day and Workers’ Day – let’s take a closer look at what South Africans wanted to know from Google this week.

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It was an eventful week and South Africans used Google to keep informed and update to date with the news. Hot topics this week included Thanos, Game of Thrones, Workers’ Day, Freedom Day and Caster Semenya’s appeal.

South Africa’s top Google searches this week

Freedom Day

We celebrated South Africa’s 25th year of post-apartheid democracy. It’s no surprise then that the term ‘Freedom Day‘ generated over 500 000 search queries on Saturday, 27 April.

In case you missed it, we were reminded that South Africa has unfinished business when it comes to Freedom Day. There were Freedom Day celebrations held across the country.

We were motivated by words of wisdom from some of South Africa’s greatest leaders, and many politicians used the day to get some last-minute electioneering in.

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Workers’ Day

In a similar vein, Workers’ Day garnered half a million search queries too, with the bulk of the Googling happening on 1 May.

We looked at Fadwa Rinquest who has been sewing cuffs on search, and learned about Bijou Bakole Tshibengu who runs a daycare centre in Parow.

Thanos

Avengers fans generated more than  200 000 search queries for the supervillain ‘Thanos,’ thanks to Google’s easter egg.

A search of ‘Thanos’, followed by clicking on the gauntlet, wiped out half of Google search results. Just like Thanos turned half the universe to dust with a snap of his fingers.

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Caster Semenya

Disappointed athletics fans generated more than 20 000 search queries for ‘Caster Semenya’ on Wednesday.

News had just emerged that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had dismissed her appeal not to have her testosterone levels reduced in order to compete internationally.

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Game of Thrones season 8

Impatient fans generated more than 20 000 search queries for ‘Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3’ on Sunday. It was, after all, the much-anticipated Battle of Winterfell.

Just two weeks ago, the term ‘Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1‘ generated more than 100 000 queries on Google Search.

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Search trends information is collected from data collated by Google, based on what South Africans have been searching for.

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