Who Googled What in 2009?

December 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—We have been “Googling it” for over a decade now and the terms that America searches for, year after year, offer us a glimpse into the years gone by. As we near the end of the year 2009 with positive events to celebrate, such as the first year of office for our first black president, we are also a nation still fighting two wars, with a floundering economy and record levels of unemployment. So, what was THE number one Google search term for the year 2009? Twitter.

The 2009 Year-End Google Zeitgeist “examine[d] the billions of queries that people around the world have typed into Google search to discover the zeitgeist—the spirit of the times.”

For the United States the popular social networking and micro-blogging application named, Twitter captured the attention of Americans in 2009. Right behind Twitter, was the search term Michael Jackson. His untimely and controversial death set off a media frenzy that dominated the news for several weeks.

Rounding out the top 5 search terms, were facebook, hulu and hi5, which is a social networking site akin to facebook.

The bottom five search terms were, Glee, paranormal activity, Natasha Richardson, Farrah Fawcett and Lady Gaga.

Last year the top Google search term was Obama, followed by facebook. The term Sarah Palin headed the Google news search category for 2008.

What does this all mean? Well, we certainly have embraced online social networking from Twitter to Facebook. And Americans seem captivated by the deaths of famous people.

We also enjoy being terrified. Paranormal Activity, the independent horror film, which ends with a young woman becoming possessed by a ghostly entity and the gruesome sight of the bloody corpse of her boyfriend, became something of a cult hit in 2009.

The complete US 2009 Google results can be found here.


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