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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|
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.
The chart below shows the top 15 keywords which have dropped the most on MetaCrawler from the previous month.
|Top 15 Losers - Aug. 1998|
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.