A YEAR is a long time on the internet.

In just hours a silly film clip can go from a household joke, to one shared by billions across the world.

Moments of tragedy and jubilation can cross international borders, timezones and oceans instantaneously.

The internet is also where Australia turns to find out more about our town, our country and our world.

Google has today released its data on what Australian's looked in the past 12 months.

THE YEAR IN GOOGLE SEARCH: Moments that defined 2015 

Two cups and a silver medal
While Australia took out the Asian Cup and Cricket World Cup, our loss to New Zealand in the Rugby
World Cup final ranked higher on this year's top trending searches list (it's okay, we still beat them in the cricket).

More than half of this year's top trending searches were sports-related, with Aussies also following the personal stories of Ronda Rousey and Jarryd Hayne.

Sam Burgess of England tackles Michael Hooper of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia.
Sam Burgess of England tackles Michael Hooper of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia. Shaun Botterill

Sad news and new arrivals
The tragic events in Paris, the Nepal earthquake, and Cyclone Marcia were global news moments that captured our attention this year.

A berries recall drove a global spike in searches for Hepatitis A, while Mick Fanning's encounter with a Great White saw searches for "shark attack" reach an all time high.

In lighter news, photos from the Pluto flyby and the arrival of another Royal baby made the Trending News Items list (though Charlotte couldn't top George's 2013 spike).

Princess Charlotte, at six months old, plays with a tiny dog toy in a photo taken by her mother the Duchess of Cambridge
Princess Charlotte, at six months old, plays with a tiny dog toy in a photo taken by her mother the Duchess of Cambridge

How did they do that?
'How to' searches are always particularly representative of the trends sweeping a country, but this year Aussies were concerned with the quotidian - how to write a cover letter, how to lose weight, how to make a paper plane, how to draw, and how to tie a tie.

Closer to home
We remembered the lives of Phil Walsh and Richie Benaud, and The Boy Next Door telemovie prompted many Australians to revisit Peter Allen's legacy.

SHOOTING STAR: Aussie footballer Jarryd Hayne’s gridiron future looks uncertain, but fans are convinced he’ll come back.
SHOOTING STAR: Aussie footballer Jarryd Hayne’s gridiron future looks uncertain, but fans are convinced he’ll come back. Tony Avelar

Jarryd Hayne's debut in NFL's 49ers helper make him the top trending Aussie this year, with Malcolm Turnbull taking out the second spot.


Here is Google's full list of top 10 trending searches in Australia this year:

1. Netflix
2. Rugby World Cup
3. Lamar Odom
4. Ronda Rousey
5. Asian Cup
6. Jarryd Hayne
7. Jurassic World
8. Paris
9. Cricket World Cup
10. Agario

News items of 2015 (Trending) 1. Paris 2. Bali 9 3. Hepatitis A 4. Cyclone Marcia 5. Charlie Hebdo 6. Greece 7. Pluto 8. Nepal Earthquake 9. Royal Baby 10. Mick Fanning Shark Attack   How to… (Most Searched) 1. Tie A Tie 2. Make Pancakes 3. Screenshot On Mac 4. Make A Paper Plane 5. Write A Cover Letter 6. Draw 7. Get Rid Of Pimples 8. Poach An Egg 9. Lose Weight Fast 10. Make Money   What is… ? (Most Searched) 1. Netflix 2. Love 3. The Meaning Of Life 4. The Time 5. The Weather Today 6. A Noun 7. A Prime Number 8. Gluten 9. A Verb 10. All Purpose Flour   Aussies (Trending) 1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Malcolm Turnbull 3. Ivan Milat 4. Phil Walsh 5. Peter Allen 6. Ruby Rose 7. Gina Rinehart 8. Sia 9. Richie Benaud 10. Mick Fanning   Global People (Trending) 1. Lamar Odom 2. Caitlyn Jenner 3. Paul Walker 4. Charlie Sheen 5. Jeremy Clarkson 6. Natalia Kills 7. Jonah Lomu 8. Chris Kyle 9. Lenny Kravitz 10. Christopher Lee   Recipes (Most Searched) 1. Pancake Recipe 2. Slow Cooker Recipe 3. Chicken Recipes 4. Thermomix Recipes 5. Lasagna Recipe 6. Chocolate Cake Recipe 7. Quiche Recipe 8. Paleo Recipes 9. Pizza Dough Recipes 10. Banana Bread Recipe   Who is… ? (Most Searched) 1. A 2. Lucy The Australopithecus 3. Gossip Girl 4. The Stig 5. The Richest Person In The World 6. The Arkham Knight 7. The Prime Minister Of Australia 8. Bruce Jenner 9. Banksy 10. Charles DiLaurentis   Where is… ? (Most Searched) 1. Xur 2. Tunisia 3. Mali 4. Gallipoli 5. Nepal 6. 800 Words Filmed 7. Home And Away Filmed 8. Perth 9. Chuck Norris 10. Bora Bora   Digital / Internet Lingo (Trending) 1. Agario 2. How Old Net 3. FUTBIN 4. OK Google 5. Snapchat Emoji 6. Netflix And Chill 7. Dubsmash 8. 2048 9. Selfie Stick 10. Periscope



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