Mashable posted Bings top ten list of most searched terms in 2009.
The Top 10
10. Jaycee Dugard (kidnapped in 1991 and finally found in August of this year, the story was national news)
9. Billy Mays (famous pitchman who passed away in June)
8. Jon and Kate Gosselin (former stars of Jon and Kate Plus 8, the public destruction of their marriage was a big topic of interest)
7. Cash for Clunkers (a U.S. government program to replace less fuel efficient vehicles with newer, more fuel-economic cars)
6. Patrick Swayze (famous actor who passed away in September)
5. Farrah Fawcett (famous actress and pop culture icon who passed away in June)
4. Stock Market
3. Swine Flu
And the number one searched term of 2009:
1. Michael Jackson
Social Media Has Captured the Public’s Attention
It’s not a shocker that any of these topics made the top ten Bing searches of 2009. There was an outpouring of interest in each and every one of these people or things. Still, Twitter being more searched than the stock market, Swine Flu, and every major public icon except Michael Jackson is an impressive feat that speaks to the mainstream reach Twitter now enjoys.
Bing also decided to release the top three most search living celebrities. While the inclusion of Transformers actress Megan Fox (#3) and Twilight actor Robert Pattinson (#2) didn’t surprise us, we were a bit shocked to find that celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was the most searched living celebrity on Bing in 2009. No matter what you think of Perez, he proves that blogs have acquired incredible reach and captured the attention of the world.
What do you think of Bing’s top ten searches of 2009? Does anything about this list surprise you? Are you shocked something didn’t make the list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
I didn’t search any of them…