Clipblast.com, which can be classified as a meta search engine that searches for online videos in 'real-time', announced today their Top 10 most popular searches for Internet video clips in 2006. The engine has indexed millions of video clips from across the Web. The company's patent-pending technology crawls the Web in search of video, then categorizes video files, Web pages and feeds so that the most relevant clips can be served up in real-time, on demand.
Not surprisingly, celebrities behaving badly top the list, but also some of the biggest US news stories, as well as World Cup soccer action made the cut. The year's most popular video searches according to Clipblast.com, searching on any of the topics below will return an array of videos from different sources:
1. Steve Irwin – the crocodile hunter was celebrated, memorialized and mourned after his untimely death.
2. Borat – Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man became a bona fide
3. World Cup – four weeks of nonstop soccer action, 32 national teams
and one infamous head-butt scored big with sports fans.
4. Al Zarqawi – the June death of Iraq's Al-Qaeda leader in a U.S
military strike was big news on the Web.
5. Britney Spears – between the new baby, the messy divorce and the
no-panties partying, Britney was an online-video favorite.
6. Michael Richards – a bad stand-up comedy set laced with the liberal
use of a very bad word made Kramer from Seinfeld a hit once again with Web surfers.
7. JonBenet Ramsey – nearly 10 years after her unsolved murder, the
nation's fascination with the tiny-tot beauty queen was rekindled by a "confession" that proved to be yet another dead end.
8. George W. Bush – the President's popularity may have taken a
beating in the opinion polls, but he came out a winner in the video-search bar.
9. Cory Lidle – the death of the New York Yankees pitcher became
headline news – not just sports news – when his plane slammed into a Manhattan apartment building.
10. Mel Gibson – the actor and director got a prolonged and
not-too-flattering close-up after his July arrest and anti-Semitic tirade.
Borat and Michael Richards, along with YouTube and the late James Kim (cNET editor), are also featured in ClipBlast!'s "A Life in Video." A Life in Video, which highlights the Web's best video clips on a particular subject, will officially debut in 2007.