Google, Yahoo & Bing Top Searches for 2009

Megan Fox and Michael Jackson Top Yahoo's Most Searched Terms in 2009
Google News
http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/zeitgeist2009/news.html
As you see from the list, users still search using 1 of 5 patterns:
Full Names (Michael Jackson, Bernie Madoff, Rush Limbaugh, Sonia Sotomayor, …)
Locations (Iceland, California, …)
Hot Subjects (cash for clunkers, unemployment rate, universal health care, …)
Organizations (heritage foundation, …)
Events (NASCAR, …)

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Google, The Cofession Booth: Top 20 Online Confessions

I am Alone
Source: Flickr uploaded by … Penny’s

I don’t know much about psychology but I believe confessions make us feel some how better. It came to me that confessions don’t only take place at church but online as well. There are religious confession sites and there are other confession sites that are just naughty. But Google by far is the largest confession booth.

We are what we search for

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Top Questions Americans Ask / Search Online

I was inspired by Bill Tancer book ‘Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why It Matters’. Bill demonstrates how our online searches reflect who we are.

So i thought let me search for what questions American users ask online; I used Google Keyword Tool with Match Type set to exact and searched for Who, What, Where, How, Why, and When.

questions we askImage Credit
Some of the questions I found were extremely shocking and I wonder why would anyone ask such questions? Just keep reading and discover for yourself.

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Iraq is searching for Palin’s Hot Photos while Kenya is Searching for Obama’s Religion

Google has launched a new product; Google Insight. With Google Insights for Search, you can compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, and time frames.

Utilizing Google Insight to understand global and local search patterns for US candidates (John McCain / Sarah Palin, Barack Obama / Joe Biden) of the 2008 elections, you notice the following:

US Elections in Google Insight

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