As the ongoing impact of South Africa’s credit ratings downgrade continues to play out, South Africans were looking for information on musical matters this week, Coachella and Janet Jackson, and on financial matters, like how to save money.

‘What is Coachella?’ was the top trending question on Google SA this week

(In case you didn’t know, Coachella is an annual music and arts festival, currently underway in California.)

The 10 top trending questions on Google SA last week:

  • What is Coachella?
  • How old is Janet Jackson?
  • How to deposit money at FNB
  • How to tie a tie
  • What is a prenup?
  • How to save money
  • Where is Bahrain?
  • How to make mash potatoes
  • How to register a company
  • What is xenophobia?

In Google search trends this past week, ‘Ayanda Mabulu’ and his latest controversial painting trended in search on Thursday with some 20 000+ searches.

Barcelona’ trended on Wednesday with 20 000+ searches as fans looked for the Barcelona vs Juventus result. Keeping with the football theme, ‘Real Madrid’ trended on Tuesday with 50 000+ searches also from fans looking for scores – Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 4-2 on Tuesday.

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Durban pastor Tim Omotoso’, who is accused of sexual abuse of his congregants, trended on Monday with some 20 000+ searches.

Over the weekend, sport attracted more search interest than Easter, with ‘PSL log’ and ‘Manchester United’ trending on Sunday with 20 000+ searches each, and ‘Two Oceans Marathon’ and ‘Kaizer Chiefs’ trending on Saturday with 20 000+ and 10 000+ searches respectively.

This information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google this week. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1,2 trillion searches per year worldwide.