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MetaCrawler Top Search Terms: August 1998

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MetaCrawler Top Search Terms:
August 1998

Below are the most active keywords searched for on go2net's MetaCrawler, the web's most-used metasearch tool. MetaCrawler searches AltaVista, Excite, Infoseek, Lycos, WebCrawler, and Yahoo simultaneously. The terms are provided by go2net. For further information, and for permission to use this information, please contact [email protected].

Top Gainers

The chart below shows the top 15 keywords which have risen the most on MetaCrawler from the previous month.

(Note: MetaCrawler does not yet report search phrases. For example, the list will not show how many times people searched for "Lost In Space," though individual words such as "lost" and "space" might appear apart from each other. The commentary below the chart makes some educated guesses at popular search terms that may have occurred.)

Top 15 Gainers - Aug. 1998

Term Rank Change

bonnie

748

+4253

lewinsky

525

+4149

hurricane

394

+3802

clinton

289

+1377

nfl

858

+1308

cnn

918

+1038

monica

310

+944

warzone

381

+642

back

409

+430

1999

891

+411

lords

964

+383

cams

881

+274

zone

646

+268

east

898

+247

football

117

+196

industrial

973

+184

directx

916

+184

twain

987

+182

mission

814

+180

navy

855

+159

Storms both physical and political were on the minds of searchers in August. Hurricane Bonnie and the President Clinton - Monica Lewinsky affair were among the new top terms. And perhaps to keep up with the news on both fronts, CNN was of new interest.

As for software, DirectX was of interest, as was the hacking program Back Orifice (Orifice doesn't appear, as many people don't know how to spell it. This dilutes the ability for it to appear among the top gainers).

Video gamers were looking for WWF War Zone, which is based on the TV series. NFL football, porn star Tracy Lords, country-western singer Shania Twain and probably the Dow Jones Industrial Average were also new topics of interest.

Top Losers

The chart below shows the top 15 keywords which have dropped the most on MetaCrawler from the previous month.

Top 15 Losers - Aug. 1998

Term Rank Change

cup

1215

-894

alyssa

1663

-805

our

1371

-635

milano

1184

-564

diaz

1254

-433

nudity

1374

-432

kombat

842

-399

summer

1226

-358

tour

632

-355

virgin

1324

-338

mortal

741

-328

cameron

1088

-306

camp

1050

-293

hanson

1267

-284

denise

1194

-255

camping

883

-255

tyler

1062

-238

open

798

-212

win98

1208

-209

lottery

773

-202

Actresses Cameron Diaz, Liv Tyler and Alyssa Milano all saw drops, now that their movies have been out for some time in the US.

Likewise, the release of Windows 98 (win98) is now old news, so of declining interest. Other decliners were the World Cup, Mortal Kombat, the Tour de France and the band Hanson.


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