Technology.am (Dec. 01, 2009) — Michael Jackson, swine flu, Twitter and Facebook top lists of the most searched-for terms of the year 2009 amongst many others searched terms. Michael Jackson, swine flu, Twitter and Facebook were amongst the most searched-for terms of the year, according to the most recent statistics from search engines Google and Bing.
In a year when numerous high-status and dearly loved actors, singers and celebrities passed away, Michael Jackson was the top trending subject on Bing. In addition in the top 10 were searches for Twitter, swine flu, the stock market, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, the US car scrappage scheme, recognized as “cash for clunkers”, as well as reality TV stars Jon and Kate Gosselin, baseball player Billy Mays and Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was found secure and well 18 years after being kidnapped as an 11-year-old. The list of trending topics for Microsoft Bing are US-centric, since Microsoft did not initiate a localized UK version of the search service until earlier this month.
Nevertheless, Google’s list of admired search terms shows a comparable center of interest amongst UK web users. Stephen Gately, the Boyzone singer who died in October, was the most up-to-date search topic this year. He was in addition the ninth fastest-rising news search in 2009; that list was topped by searches for swine flu, followed by searches for Susan Boyle, the Britain’s Got Talent singer, former Big Brother star Jade Goody, who died of cancer, and Robert Pattinson, star of the Twilight movies. Other popular news search terms included Rhianna, Michael Jackson, Google Maps, Twitter and Iran.
“Britons had assorted thoughts as they headed online this year to search for their favorite online tools, to gain knowledge about celebrities new and old, and to find a fine bargain,” said a spokesman for Google. “People searched about latest sensations like Lady Gaga and Susan Boyle, but they too turned to the web to learn about the deaths of Stephen Gately, Jade Goody, and Michael Jackson.”
Facebook topped the list of general hottest search terms this year, followed by the BBC, YouTube, Hotmail, games, eBay, news, Google, Yahoo! and Bebo. Rival search engine Bing and music-streaming service Spotify were also amongst the year’s fastest-rising search queries.
And in entertainment world, web users clamored for tickets to see Whitney Houston, The Pixies and Tinchy Stryder. Lady Gaga was the fastest-rising ticket search term this year, followed by Michael Jackson, who died just weeks before he was owing to play a series of 50 gigs at the O2.
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