MetaCrawler Top Search Terms: July 1998

MetaCrawler Top Search Terms:
July 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.

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 - July 1998

Term Rank Change

diaz

821

+1947

july

899

+1423

cameron

782

+1281

alyssa

858

+1024

tyler

824

+808

our

736

+749

milano

620

+714

win98

999

+590

mission

994

+537

y2k

882

+392

lottery

571

+374

miss

838

+369

private

583

+348

sable

793

+347

kombat

443

+332

As usual, many of the top terms reflect actresses. Cameron Diaz, Liv Tyler, Alyssa Milano are all newcomers from the previous month.

Not an actress but instead a movie, Saving Private Ryan moved up the list in July.

Computers were on people's minds. Some were looking for Windows 98 information (win98), while others were fearful of the Year 2000 bug, or y2k, to those in the know.

Did I forget to say Happy 4th of July? A lot of people were apparently looking for information about the American Independence Day holiday.

Top Losers

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

Top 15 Losers - July 1998

Term Rank Change

nba

1804

-1205

godzilla

1694

-819

nuclear

1571

-679

poems

1402

-624

birth

1041

-507

gran

1386

-504

turismo

1348

-444

jordan

1286

-428

x-files

1146

-374

poetry

1118

-359

hewitt

778

-339

summer

868

-336

leonardo

1030

-302

monica

1254

-300

basketball

1152

-284

Showing that plot does matter, Godzilla plummeted from its previous state of grace. Or perhaps it is just out with the old movies and in with the new, because the X-Files movie also took a dive in terms of interest.

Nor are movie actors spared fleeting fame. Leonardo DiCaprio saw a drop, as did Jennifer Love Hewitt.

On the sporting front, it was out with basketball, the NBA and probably Michael Jordan. Don't worry. I'm sure they'll be popular again next season.

Also in July, people stopped looking for information about the live Internet birth, fewer were interested in Monica Lewinsky, and the computer game Gran Turismo was no longer as hot.