MetaCrawler Top Search Terms: May 1998

MetaCrawler Top Search Terms: May 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 - May 1998

Term

Rank

Change

godzilla

533

1468

seinfeld

621

1342

tekken

871

1130

viagra

909

976

may

882

962

impact

1132

869

sinatra

1237

764

hewitt

1304

603

might

1421

580

gran

1424

577

milano

1030

577

turismo

1455

546

deep

803

522

miss

894

490

thumbnail

684

485

No matter how you slice it, "godzilla" shows that size did matter in May. As for stamina, "viagra" was a notable entry. The phrase "deep impact" can readily be found, and could numerous people be looking for "miss may?" Both "sinatra" and "seinfeld" show an interest in passings.

Top Losers

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

Top 15 Losers - May 1998

Term

Rank

Change

easter

351

-1650

irs

742

-1259

april

785

-1216

income

1116

-885

spring

1051

-814

forms

386

-808

winslet

828

-795

revenue

1370

-631

tax

159

-611

lost

597

-586

graham

1418

-583

masters

1545

-456

lotto

1446

-433

ski

1578

-423

hunt

1187

-413

"IRS tax forms" or "income tax forms" and probably "internal revenue forms" were no longer a worry for American searchers after the April 15 filing deadline passed, thus an predictable decline in May. "Graham," as in "Heather Graham" of Lost in Space also dropped after that movie's buzz wore off. The same was true for "lost," part of the movie's title. Kate Winslet of Titanic fame also saw a decrease.