I know -- the New Year has come and gone, but there were a number of good stories and resources I've saved up on top search terms from last year that I wanted to share. Also, search engines are starting to be more forthcoming with what people are searching for, which is great data for anyone who is interested in what's popular on the web.
Search Engines, Browsers Still Confusing Many Web Users
CyberAtlas, Feb. 14, 2001
Alexa researchers analyzed 42 million search pages retrieved over the past two years to come up with their own top terms list. As with most of these lists, when unfiltered, they are dominated by navigational requests. These are people who try to reach a web site by typing the web address into the search box of a search engine, rather than a browser.
The Search Engine as Crystal Ball
New York Times, Feb. 5, 2001
Lycos has been a real leader in turning its search queries into content worth reading about. A close-up look at the process, with a focus on Lycos 50 editor Aaron Schatz. Discover a search archeologist at work.
New Economy: The Spread of News by E-Mail Is Becoming News Itself
New York Times, Jan. 29, 2001
An engineer at Yahoo thought it might be interesting to calculate the most emailed news stories as a way to gauge public interest. Thanks to this, we can discover that despite the headlines we read, it may be small stories (no pun intended) that really grab our attention. Read the lead of the story, and you'll see what I mean :)
Search terms of endearment
News.com, Jan. 3, 2001
Recap of the top search terms of 2000, from Yahoo, Lycos and AltaVista. Britney Spears is both the queen of teen pop and of search engine queries.
Hit Me, My Lovely
Modern Humorist, Jan. 2001
Short mystery incorporating the top 50 searched for words from Lycos in 2000.
Le "Top 10" des mots clis des outils de recherche francophones
Abondance, January 2000
Top search terms of 2000 from French search engines Voila, Lycos France, Yahoo France and Nomade.
Britney Spears tops Lycos search terms
CNN, Dec. 21, 2000
Article on top terms of 2000 from Lycos.