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What were you searching for/sharing from WRAL.com in 2016?

Posted December 30, 2016

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— WRAL.com visitors didn’t only read stories and watch videos in 2016, they interacted with them as well. The wide-ranging interests of the Triangle and surrounding communities can be tracked by what you shared on social media and searched for on the site.

What did you search for?

{{a href="page-0"}}Traffic{/a}}, {{a href="page-0"}}Lottery{/a}} and {{a href="page-0"}}education{/a}} ranked as the top search terms of 2016. But in addition to general terms, more specific terms dominated as top buzz words of the year

The word {{a href="video-0"}}Kania{/a}} ranked as a top search term of the year on WRAL.com. In October, former UNC-Chapel Hill student Chandler Kania was found guilty in October of involuntary manslaughter for his role in thev deaths of three people in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 85. Kania will spend up to 6 years in prison.

Ranking as another top search term, you heavily searched the word {{a href="story-15398255"}}Pets{/a}} consistently throughout the year. Hundreds of furry friends from local shelters were featured on the news in 2016 and adopted into loving homes.

Following a leak that shut down a portion of the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama, North Carolina was one of the five states to deal with a shortage at the pump. The September incident inspired the term {{a href="story-15398255"}}gas shortage{/a}} to rank as a top search term of the year.

What did you share?

In addition to the overwhelmingly popular pages like the WRAL.com home page and weather, a few stories rank as the top stories you felt compelled to share on your own Facebook.

{{a href="story-15398255"}}Fayetteville child killer sentenced to death{/a}}

{{a href="story-15398255"}}26 deer found dead in Pinetops; 5 charged{/a}}

{{a href="story-15398255"}}Four bicyclists in hospital after being struck by car in Angier{/a}}

{{a href="blogpost-0"}}Federal Court strikes down NC congressional district maps{/a}}

{{a href="blogpost-0"}}Federal court order new NC legislative elections in 2017{/a}}

{{a href="blogpost-0"}}State Health Plan board could remove option popular with workers{/a}}

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