The Top Searches of 2002

(Sung to the tune of "It's the most wonderful time of the year, with apologies to the song author and my readers!)

It's the most wonderful time of the year!
The search engines are telling, yea they are yelling,
"Come see the top searches of 2002 here!"
It's the most wonderful time of the year!

There's Spider-Man the top climber at Google,
and Dragonball most popular at Lycos,
PlayStation 2 and Britney (boo hoo!)
come up tops for Ya-hoo

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

2002 Year-End Google Zeitgeist

A look back at what people search on at Google, over the past year.

Dragonball: Web's Most Wanted 2002

What people searched on at Lycos in 2002. Note that in a week or so, you'll have to go to the archives and use the "Top 100 of 2002" for the year-end review.

Yahoo 2002 Buzz Leaders

Top search terms overall for 2002 and in various categories, according to Yahoo.

Ask Jeeves Reveals Top Searches for 2002
Ask Jeeves, Dec. 10, 2002

Top searches at Ask Jeeves, via a press release.

Tattoos, Britney top Web search list
CNN, Dec. 13, 2002

Write up on the Lycos list.

Linux out-Googles Microsoft
ZDNet, Dec. 16, 2002,,t269-s2127587,00.html

Write up on the Google list.

Web Searches Take Cultural Pulse
Wired News, Dec. 18, 2002,1284,56861,00.html

Google, Lycos and other search sites have unleashed lists of the year's top search terms, which many say are an accurate barometer of cultural fads, fears and obsessions.

UK's most popular searches
The Guardian, Dec. 17, 2002,7496,861210,00.html

Top searches by UK users of Google.

Search Engine Forums Spotlight

Artificial link popularity
Webmaster World Forums
"Just what is 'Artificial Link Popularity'?"

Still banned by Google!
ihelpyou Forums
"I would definitely like to get to the bottom of this one, because it could be an important finding for other sites."

Yahoo acquiring Inktomi
ihelpyou Forums
"This whole thing is great news for competition..."

Yahoo purchases Inktomi
Webmaster World Forums
"Huge news! Maybe our eggs won't be in one basket soon?"

Y!, Google, Ink, and the art of war
Webmaster World Forums
"Google has the people, the tech, the creativity, the mission statement, and now the will to dethrone Yahoo."

Do search engines "prefer" a type of directory tree?
Cre8asite Forums
"...does it matter at all to them how I organize my site?"

Search Engine Forums Spotlight courtesy Search Engine Guide.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Online search engines news
Britney loses out to PlayStation...
BBC Dec 30 2002 10:54AM GMT
Submitting sites to Search Engines...
High Rankings Dec 30 2002 5:01AM GMT
No Quick Fix for High Search Engine Rankings...
High Rankings Dec 30 2002 5:01AM GMT
Plant Your Site at the Top of Mt. Search Engines...
High Rankings Dec 30 2002 5:01AM GMT
Online portals news
Web portal helps Navy officers get advice... Dec 29 2002 10:31PM GMT
Yahoo Gets A 'Beautiful System'... Dec 29 2002 5:06AM GMT
Online marketing news
May Every Spam You Receive Magically Come True...
eWeek Dec 27 2002 7:32PM GMT
Online search engines news
Internet searchers 'stuck in the nineties'...
Ananova Dec 27 2002 2:02PM GMT
Online information news
A Peek at History, Piracy-Free...
Wired News Dec 27 2002 11:37AM GMT
Internet features
Top ten stories of the year...
ZDNet Dec 27 2002 9:54AM GMT
Online portals news
Netscape-IPO... Dec 27 2002 8:31AM GMT
Top internet stories
Computer criminal wins fight to return to the Internet... Dec 27 2002 7:39AM GMT
Online search engines news
Yahoo may shake up Net with deal to buy Inktomi...
Yahoo Dec 27 2002 0:27AM GMT
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About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was's Web Search Guide.