Michael Jackson Rules over Google, Yahoo Searches for 2009
Google and Yahoo released their top search results for 2009, with King of Pop Michael Jackson leading the way. The top two search engine rivals released their results one day after Microsoft's Bing upstart issued its top 10 trending queries, which were also led by Jackson. Social network Facebook, pop star Lady Gaga, vampire movie New Moon and other popular subjects captured the U.S. and world's attention. Yahoo users can tweet their own top moments of 2009 and have an opportunity to win an iPod touch.Michael Jackson, who passed away from a drug overdose this year on June 25, was the top search term on Google and Yahoo in 2009, perhaps fitting for the king of pop music. Query volume about Jackson even crashed Google.
Google's Zeitgeist report, which aims to capture what users searched for over the course of a year, charted the fastest-rising search queries on the leading search engine. Social networking was the dominant query theme, with three of the top five coming in that category.
However, Yahoo is making its top search listing, part of a broader year-in-review, more interesting for users. Not only does it provide this looking back video to capture the popular searches of 2009, but Yahoo users can tweet their own top moments of 2009 and have an opportunity to win a 32 gigabyte iPod touch with a $100 iTunes gift card each day of the month from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31. To participate, users must have a Twitter account and tweet their favorite moments of 2009. Any tweet must contain the hashtag #myyearyahoo. No. 3 search player Microsoft was not to be outdone. While Google and Yahoo jousted for top search query attention Dec. 1, the company released top trending 2009 queries for its Bing search engine Nov. 30. On Bing, Jackson again lead the way, followed by Twitter, swine flu, stock market, Farrah Fawcett, deceased actor Patrick Swayze, Cash for Clunkers, Jon and Kate Gosselin, Billy Mays and Jaycee Dugard.