Friday, December 4, 2009

Top Searches of 2009

From TechCrunch, the top searches of 2009 as reported by Bing, Yahoo, and Google. What were people most interested in during this past year? Apparently Twitter, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. Jackson makes all three lists, Twitter and Fawcett two, and nothing else appears on at least two of those search engines. So celebrities and new technology seem popular. Although the results aren't scientific, it's interesting to read the lists because each search engine seems to have a slightly different usage pattern. Celeb followers and pop culturists tend to use Yahoo, tech fans Google, and news watchers Bing. Maybe because Bing is the hot new thing in itself? Do young trendy types use Yahoo to organize their web presence anyway? And Google has tons of tools for tech nerds already. Who knows.

And what did people Twitter about? According to TechCrunch, a whole lot of stuff but very little in common with the top searches. One explanation for the difference could be "that...people tend to search for what they don’t know, whereas they Tweet about what they do know or think they know." Sounds good to me. Whatever the case, it's always fun to see what got people buzzing in the last year.

What did you search for and/or tweet about?

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