According to data released by Google, bitcoin has ranked second under the “Global News” section with Hurricane Irma taking first place in a report of what is trending in 2017, outranking the Las Vegas shooting and the Solar Eclipse.
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Likewise, “How to buy bitcoin” took third in the “How to…” search category.
The price of the cryptocurrency has surged more than 20x in 2017 rising from around $900 in January to an all-time high of $19,758 on December 17th.
The total market cap for cryptocurrency on January 1st was $17.7 Billion. Today, the market cap is $570 Billion.
The top countries to search the technology were South Africa, Slovenia, Netherlands, Nigeria and Austria.
The United States ranked 16th on the list.