Taking the pulse on web searches.
Over the years numerous sites have offered us a glimpse into our searching
habits. I last took a look at a couple of these exactly four
years ago. Back then I listed two sites. Of these, Searchterms.com
seems to have disappeared, but the Lycos 50
is still going strong. Google Zeitgeist
has become a contender since then, but though I almost always prefer things Google,
in this particular case, I prefer what Lycos does.
But more than anything
else, the Lycos 50 shows us what stiff competition Janet Jackson has for the ongoing
top spot of searches (and it's not Abraham Lincoln, sneaking in at #50, almost
the only non-popular culture icon to make the list). People are searching
for ... well, I'd like to call it a wide variety of terms, but quite frankly,
they're not. They're searching for:
Paris HiltonAnd they want to know about:
Pamela Anderson (I sort of did that
lots of other names, some that are familiar to me, and many that I don't even
recognize. Almost all of the names listed above have starred on the Lycos list
for many weeks, some for years. They're apparently what people are looking for
on the web.
Go to: All that technology for ... that?