2017 has been a breakout year for digital currencies, as many of the most popular coins have seen their prices increase to dramatic new heights. That increase in price has generated an unprecedented interest in cryptocurrencies, as media outlets, financial institutions, and government officials around the world have weighed in with analysis, reports, and opinions. Public interest has also been strong, as evidenced by recently-released information from Google.
The search engine juggernaut has published its 2017 list of the most popular search terms, and it appears as though Americans were eager for more information about Bitcoin. American Google-users were particularly interested in basic information about the cryptocurrency, with “What is Bitcoin?” coming in as the second-most-asked question in the “what is…” category.
Bitcoin was also a popular choice for ‘how to” searches in 2017. “How to buy Bitcoin” was fifth on that list. Bitcoin came in fifth in another area of the report as well, as “Bitcoin Price” was tracked as one of the most popular search terms in the “news” category.
According to Google, the Year in Search 2017 lists include “search terms that had a high spike in traffic in 2017 as compared to 2016.”