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MetaCrawler Top Search Terms: September 1998

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MetaCrawler Top Search Terms:
September 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].

(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 each chart makes some educated guesses at search terms that may have occurred.)

Top Gainers

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

Top 15 Gainers - Sept. 1998

Term Rank Change

starr

31

+4682

georges

990

+4011

kenneth

511

+3417

indians

812

+1760

ken

399

+1334

halloween

743

+1178

congress

655

+1093

president

827

+970

ancient

651

+896

crawford

533

+753

native

910

+739

biography

826

+716

manson

701

+642

culture

917

+642

marilyn

903

+551

99

650

+518

math

857

+516

rainbow

918

+505

nfl

355

+503

korn

891

+500

The political scandal in Washington was on many people's minds, with searches reflecting the Kenneth Starr report (Ken Starr report) and terms involving Congress and President Clinton.

Hurricane Georges blew into the top results, while seasonal interest in Halloween moved that term up as a gainer.

Sports fans were after NFL news and perhaps the Cleveland Indians.

Other areas of interest were ancient civilizations, native culture, the bands Marilyn Manson and Korn, possibly the game Madden 99, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six,

Top Losers

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

Top 15 Losers - Sept. 1998

Term Rank Change

camping

1862

-979

lords

1476

-512

parks

1363

-478

warzone

841

-460

cams

1282

-401

kombat

1217

-375

directx

1266

-350

mccarthy

1131

-341

mission

1142

-328

mortal

1066

-325

boats

1097

-312

cruise

1265

-306

rentals

1030

-264

fighter

1043

-259

rent

1040

-250

breakfast

1158

-249

nicole

1093

-245

genesis

960

-234

jenny

544

-204

sable

878

-201

With summer over, no one was much interested in camping in national parks anymore. Likewise, interest in bed and breakfast places, rentals, and perhaps boats for rent dropped.

On the software front, DirectX dropped in interest, as did the games WWF War Zone, Mortal Kombat, Mission Impossible, Street Fighter and interest in Sega Genesis. Web cams also dropped in interest.

Proving that fame is fleeting, TV star Jenny McCarthy dropped in popularity, as did Nicole and porn star Tracy Lords and the WWF's Sable.


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