Google, the search engine giant, has a major superpower: the ability to guess what is in people’s minds, simply by using search query data. The amount of data that we send to Google, and the amount of data Google articulates, is unprecedented. You searched for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton today? Well, Google knows!
Let’s follow along the timeline and relive the election - from the people’s perspective:
24 hours before polls opened, people were searching for... "Is Hillary Clinton Republican?" (Seriously, what?)
...followed by this...
Election Night came along, and the trends weren't particularly consoling - why would you ask Google, on election day, "Why should I vote for Donald Trump?"
As the night progressed, people struggled to understand the complex US voting system. "What is the Electoral Collage?" was one of the top questions:
On an interesting note, Ghana was really interested in the elections!
As the results started flowing in, the world wants to know: "What if Trump wins?"
Here are the top issues regarding both candidates, according to search trends:
This following one is interesting... because either Trump supporters are really praying for the win, or America is praying for him to lose.
Donald Trump Home Alone meme, anyone?
Ah, now this one. The elections were a close call, and this was ought to happen:
"Will Trump prosecute Clinton?"
But people still can't believe what they just saw. They ask "How did Trump win?"
And finally, here is the last year and a half of election madness, in search. Trump is indeed very popular on Google!
It was interesting to observe how the day progressed - from the pride of voting to the misery of Clinton losing, and the unexpected turn of events that led to Trump winning.
Google does have superpowers, and it will uncover the truth. But will #Calexit happen?
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