Michael Jackson on Yahoo, Google users' minds

13:31, December 02, 2009      

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Who was on Americans' minds this year? Michael Jackson topped the biggest search among users of both Yahoo and Google looking to escape reality in 2009.

The Internet's biggest search sites released Tuesday their top search trends for 2009, as well as terms related to specific categories, providing their annual peek into the American psyche.

Jackson, the "King of Pop" who passed away earlier this year, topped the Yahoo search list for all categories, according to the Yahoo Year In Review.

Jackson's sudden death in June prompted record-breaking traffic for Yahoo, but searches about the beleaguered singer continued throughout the year.

In fact, all the top-ten search terms were entertainment-related. No. 2, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," is the only film title to crack the top 10. Third is "World Wrestling Entertainment."

Rounding out Yahoo's top 10 were actress Megan Fox and Britney Spears, who have been a mainstay on Yahoo's year-end lists since the company started releasing them in 2001. They were followed by Naruto, American Idol, Kim Kardashian, NASCAR, and Runescape.

Vera Chan, a Yahoo Search trend analyst, said that stars like Fox and Kardashian, have replaced former tabloid magnets like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Simpson.

Michael Jackson also topped Google's end-of-year list of top searches. He also topped the list of fastest-rising search terms according to Google's annual Zeitgeist list of top search terms, but the other topics on the list significantly differed.

Source: Xinhuanet/Agencies
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