Top Yahoo searches in 2009

Do you really need more than one guess to name the top search term on Yahoo in 2009? • It was Michael Jackson, whose stunning death on June 25 and resulting discussions over funeral arrangements and legacy made him the biggest star on the popular Internet search engine this year. • The self-proclaimed King of Pop ended singer Britney Spears' four-year reign atop Yahoo's search rankings. • The list released last week is meant to provide a reading on our cultural pulse. It may not be the best barometer, given that Yahoo ranks a distant second to Google in Internet search. (Google plans to release its own list of popular searches later this month.) • Jackson will probably rank high on Google, too. So many inquiries poured in about Jackson within the first few hours of his death that part of Google's Web site interpreted the fusillade as an automated attack. • As usual, people using Yahoo's search engine in 2009 seemed to be most interested in celebrities and other diversions, even against the sobering backdrop of the worst recession in 70 years. • "We saw consumers escape to the Web hoping to pursue news and their guilty pleasures: vampires, political implosions, how to moonwalk — you name it, people went online to find it," said Vera Chan, a Yahoo search trend analyst. • Here's a look at the top 5 search terms in various categories for the year. Compiled from Times wires

OVERALL SEARCHES

 Michael Jackson

 Twilight

 WWE

 Megan Fox

 Britney Spears

MOBILE SEARCHES

 Megan Fox

 Mobile games

 Michael Jackson

 Movies

 Rihanna

ECONOMY-RELATED SEARCHES

 Coupons

 Unemployment

 Stimulus plan

 Cash for Clunkers

 Student loans

CELEBRITY DEATH SEARCHES

 Michael Jackson

 Farrah Fawcett

 Patrick Swayze

 Natasha Richardson

 Jett Travolta

SUDDEN-FAME SEARCHES

 Jon & Kate Gosselin

 Erin Andrews

 Susan Boyle

 Kris Allen & Adam Lambert

 Nadya Suleman

MUSICIAN SEARCHES

 Michael Jackson

 Britney Spears

 Beyonce

 Miley Cyrus

 Rihanna

Compiled by Times staff writer Steve Spears. This report contains material from the Associated Press.

Top Yahoo searches in 2009 12/06/09 [Last modified: Sunday, December 6, 2009 10:46pm]

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