Google, the world's largest search engine by market share, has released its annual "year in search" list of Taiwan for 2016, with the mobile game Pokemon Go topping the list for most popular keyword searches.
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the U.S. presidential election took second and third places, respectively, on the list for the most popular searches among Taiwanese, according to the list.
Meanwhile, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump topped the ranking in this year's fastest-rising searches: the fastest-rising people and the fastest-rising political figures, while Taiwan's first female president, Tsai Ing-wen (???) was placed fifth and second in the two categories, respectively, for Taiwan.
Chou Tzu-yu (???), a Taiwanese teenage singer and a member of the South Korean girl group TWICE, was ranked second in the fast-rising people category, while China-based Taiwanese singer Huang An (??) was placed fourth and Chou's band TWICE was placed tenth in the rankings for Taiwan.
Chou became ensnared in a regional storm of controversy in January after she was accused by Huang of being a supporter of Taiwan independence following the teenager's appearance on a South Korean TV show late last year in which she held a Republic of China (Taiwan) national flag.
The top five places in this year's most-searched TV programs and movies in Taiwan were South Korean TV drama "Descendant of the Sun (?????)," Japanese animated film "Your Name (????)," South Korean zombie horror film "Train to Busan (????)," Taiwan TV series "KO One Remember (????4)," and Korean television series "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (????:?)," according to the list.
Google began compiling the annual list in 2011 and this year's list was produced based on data collected between December 2015 and November 2016, according to the search engine.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel