Solana recently achieved a significant milestone by overtaking Ethereum in Google search interest for the first time. According to Google Trends data from December 17–23, global Solana searches eclipsed those for Ethereum, with a peak score of 56 versus 50.
In certain countries, like Spain and the Philippines, Solana commanded substantially higher relative search volumes than Ethereum. Meanwhile, Ethereum still leads Solana in Indonesia, Taiwan, Morocco, and other regions.
Solana is gaining worldwide attention
Nonetheless, Solana’s ascendance in search dominance underscores its increasing mainstream traction. Much of the attention likely stems from the success of meme coins built on the network.
Google Trends revealed surging user interest in Solana-based projects like Bonk. Bonk, a dog-themed meme token, shocked markets after flipping Dogecoin rival Pepe for a short period in terms of market capitalization.
Solana’s native SOL token also breached new milestones, likely fueling additional searches. SOL briefly flipped XRP as the fourth-largest cryptocurrency in late December based on market capitalization. It also dethroned BNB as the fourth-largest coin for a short period of time.
For now, SOL appears to be riding the wave of market exuberance, even as analysts question its sustainability beyond near-term trends. However, if the network can channel short-term hype into long-term adoption, SOL may establish itself as a lasting alternative to Ethereum.