'Michael Jackson' Is No. 1 Search Term
King of Pop tops yearly lists for Google, Yahoo, Bing
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2009 4:06 PM CST
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(Newser) – Michael Jackson commanded more global attention than any other person or thing this year: the deceased pop singer was the No. 1 search term for Google, Bing, and Yahoo. The lists of top 10 search terms also document Twitter's ascendancy in 2009—the micro-blogging service was the second most popular term on Bing and fourth on Google, InformationWeek reports.

  • Bing's leaders, in order: Jackson, Twitter, Swine Flu, Stock Market, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, Cash for Clunkers, Jon and Kate Gosselin, Billy Mays, and Jaycee Dugard.
  • Google: Jackson, Facebook, Tuenti, Twitter, Sanalika, New Moon, Lady Gaga, Windows 7, Dantri.com.vn, and Torpedo Gratis.
  • Yahoo: Jackson, Twilight, WWE, Megan Fox, Britney Spears, Naruto, American Idol, Kim Kardashian, NASCAR, and Runescape.