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Typhoons, ChatGPT most searched for terms on Google Taiwan in 2023

12/11/2023 05:45 PM
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Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) Typhoons, ChatGPT and the World Baseball Classic have been listed as the top three most-searched-for items on Google in Taiwan over the past year.

The announcement on Monday came as part of Google's "Year in Search 2023" review for Taiwan, which ranked the most popular entries on its search engine from December 2022 through the end of November this year.

In a press release, the Google review revealed that the keywords "NT$6,000 universal cash remittance," "iPhone 15" and "Israel" were ranked in fourth to sixth spots.

Moving down the list, "KMT-TPP coalition" came in sixth, while "baseball at the Asian Games," "FIFA Women's World Cup" and "Turkey earthquake" were ranked from seventh to 10th.

Taiwanese netizens this year focused on issues related to their livelihood, sporting events and international news, Google said.

In addition to ranking popular search terms, the annual rundown also included lists of Taiwan's most-searched television series, people and travel destinations.

Many Taiwanese film and TV programs this year triggered heated discussions among netizens, it said, citing for example Copycat Killer (模仿犯), which took the top spot in the most-searched-for TV series on Google in Taiwan.

Copycat Killer is a Taiwanese crime thriller series that was released on Netflix in March this year, and tells the story of a law enforcement officer trying to track down a serial killer.

In the list of most-searched people, Taiwanese TV host Mickey Huang (黃子佼), who became embroiled in accusations of sexual misconduct, was in first place, followed by actor and singer Aaron Yan (炎亞綸) in second place.

Among international travel destinations, Okinawa in Japan was the most-searched-for this year on Google, followed by Hong Kong and Osaka (Japan) in second and third, respectively.

Separately on Monday, popular messaging app LINE also released its top 10 hot news topics for 2023, with the #MeToo movement taking the top spot followed by the death of CoCo Lee (李玟), a Hong Kong-American singer-songwriter, in second.

(By Jeffrey Wu and Ko Lin)

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