MetaCrawler Top Search Terms: October 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 pr@go2net.com.

(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 - Oct. 1998

Term

Rank

Change

pumpkin

951

+4050

costumes

776

+1532

laura

224

+1256

netbus

761

+1118

nhl

704

+1014

pokemon

256

+1008

revolution

941

+840

christmas

549

+692

halloween

53

+690

build

918

+595

dr

675

+571

roman

922

+482

egypt

864

+434

dr.

255

+433

marijuana

907

+400

Upcoming holidays were on people's minds in October: halloween, pumpkins, costumes and Christmas.

Meanwhile, political scandal was exchanged for celebrity scandal, as people sought information about Dr. Laura's nude photos.

Top Losers

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

Top 15 Losers - Oct. 1998

Term Rank Change

georges

4477

-3487

kenneth

3787

-3276

starr

2107

-2076

ken

1865

-1466

lewinsky

1574

-1327

cnn

1994

-1273

hurricane

1309

-953

tennis

1292

-582

president

1371

-544

warzone

1381

-540

congress

1187

-532

monica

621

-451

open

999

-406

upskirt

1354

-400

crawford

887

-354

Storms both physical and political passed from the minds of searchers in October, as terms like Kenneth Starr / Ken Starr, Congress, President Clinton, Monica Lewinsky and Hurricane Georges all dropped in ranking.