Cryptocurrencies have suffered immensely in 2022 from the onslaught of a hawkish Federal Reserve and the implosions of crypto platforms FTX, Terra, Celsius Network, and others.
What were the most-searched cryptocurrencies in 2022?
Notably, the market valuation of all the cryptocurrencies combined has dropped 70% year-to-date (YTD) to nearly $770 billion, signifying massive capitulations by traders and investors alike.
The waning demand has also pushed the internet requests fo6r the keyword buy cryptocurrency to their lowest since February 2020, according to Google Trends.
Interest in the the keyword buy cryptocurrency over the past five years. Source: Google Trends
Nonetheless, the latest Accenture’s 2022 Global Consumer Payments report shows that retail interest in cryptocurrencies remains high despite 2022’s market crash. The reasons given by responders include long-term investments (28%), curiosity (22%), short-term speculation (21%), and others.
Meanwhile, separate research by personal finance portal DollarGeek dwells into 2022’s most-searched cryptocurrencies worldwide, thus presenting a rough outlook on what retail players may invest in heading into 2023.
Top 10 cryptocurrencies based on U.S. and global monthly searches. Source: DollarGeek
Bitcoin remains most-googled by far
Bitcoin (BTC) has emerged as the most googled cryptocurrency in 2022 in DollarGeek’s research, attracting 28.41 million monthly searches worldwide.
The interest remains relatively high as experts assess its quality compared to other crypto assets in the industry. For instance, venture capital investor Tim Draper thinks weaker coins will become relics amid the ongoing crypto winter to Bitcoin’s benefit.
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BTC’s price is down nearly 65% YTD with some analysts predicting it would fall further toward $10,000. But internet searches over the past 12 months reveal that most people have searched for buying Bitcoin, not selling it, which suggests that most people have still never owned Bitcoin.
Interest in the keyword ‘buy bitcoin (red) and sell bitcoin (blue) over the last 12 months. Source: Google Trends
Elon Musk’s favorite Dogecoin bags the second spot
Dogecoin (DOGE) is the runner-up to Bitcoin, attracting an average of 5.85 million monthly searches worldwide in 2022.
The meme-cryptocurrency was in the news mostly due to Elon Musk who purchased Twitter and teased his followers with the idea of integrating DOGE payments for in-app payments. However, it also gained traction after getting listed on Robinhood, a U.S.-based commission-free trading platform.
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These events helped Dogecoin record temporary surges in internet searches, as shown in the Google Trends chart below. For instance, Musk’s eventual Twitter buyout in late October coincided with Dogecoin internet trends rallying to a perfect 100 score.
Interest in the keyword Dogecoin over the last 12 months. Source: Google Trends
So wile DOGE’s price is down roughly 55% YTD, the internet search data suggests that its potential pool of buyers could be relatively higher in number than sellers, similar to Bitcoin.
Interest in the keyword buy Dogecoin (blue) and sell Dogecoin (red) over the last 12 months. Source: Google Trends
Shiba Inu comes third but beats Dogecoin in US
Shiba Inu’s (SHIB) monthly internet searches globally came at 4.43 million. Nonetheless, the meme-coin has beaten its top-rival Dogecoin in the U.S., with 1.29 million monthly searches versus DOGE’s 729,000.
That is despite Shiba Inu’s weaker price performance in 2022 compared to Dogecoin. SHIB is down roughly 75% YTD, but staying in the news due to its foray into the metaverse and the potential launch of Shibarium, Shiba Inu’s Ethereum layer-2 blockchain.
In addition, the internet searches for Shiba Inu also spiked due to Crypto.com, a crypto exchange with the largest SHIB position as of November 2022. The market feared that Crypto.com would become insolvent, which will prompt it to sell its SHIB holdings.
Interest in the keyword Shiba Inu over the last 12 months. Source: Google Trends
However, Crypto.com CEO Kris Marszalek clarified that their mounting SHIB reserves are due to customer buying.
Merge assists Ethereum in securing the fourth position
Ethereum is the fourth most-googled cryptocurrency worldwide with 3.84 million monthly searches in 2022 despite Ether (ETH) price losing 67% YTD.
The second-largest blockchain by market cap stayed in the news throughout the year due to its switch to proof-of-stake (PoS) from proof-of-work (PoW) via the Merge. Notably, interest in the keyword Ethereum and related terms like Ethereum 2.0 and Merge peaked in September when the PoS switch happened.
Interest in the keyword Merge over the last 12 months. Source: Google Trends
Ethereum’s internet searches may have also gained traction due to concerns that it has become a security after the PoS upgrade. Recently, crypto platform Paxful removed support for ETH citing similar reasons.
Cardano pump brings in the fifth-highest internet queries
Cardano (ADA) has attracted 1.47 million monthly internet searches on average in 2022, becoming the fifth-most googled cryptocurrency worldwide.
The Cardano trend picked up momentum specifically in January 2022 when ADA outperformed Bitcoin and Ether in price. Later, however, searches have been declining despite the Vasil hard fork in September failing to produce a spike in interest.
Interest in the keyword Cardano over the last 12 months. Source: Google Trends
Other honorable mentions of the most-searched cryptocurrencies in 2022 include Avalanche (AVAX), Litecoin (LTC), XRP (XRP), SafeMoon (SAFEMOON), and Nexus (NXS).
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