The Top 10 fastest-growing search terms for 2007 were (in order):
6. Club Penguin (wtf?!?!?!)
8. Heroes (NBC)
10. Anna Nicole Smith
(Visibly absent from the list were Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and the rest of the “make bail by noon” celebutante gang.)
Compare this to the 2001 list (the first from Google):
3. World Trade Center
4. Harry Potter
6. Windows XP (woohoo!!!)
7. Osama Bin Laden
10. Loft Story
Commentary and table courtesy of Jesus Diaz, over at Gizmodo:
Good bye Nostradamus, harbinger of doom and gloom! Hello iPhone, prophet of the second coming of the Digital Age in My Pocket.™ And oh yes, I’m happy to see you too. So long CNN, harbinger of news tickers and dumbified news! Welcome Webkinz, you stuffed rascal that connects to a social networking site you! World Trade Center? Unless it appears in TMZ next to Nicholas Cage and his wig, I say no! And screw that flying broomstick and get me drag queen transforming truckers on YouTube.
I mean, is this really what tickles the human race? Who can possibly remember stupid TV reality shows like Loft Story, Osama and the Talibans when we can entertain ourselves with MySpace, Facebook and Club Penguin? For shame! I would rather play topless Wii. [Reuters and Google]
Retailers and marketers rejoice: You have our complete and undivided attention. Every single item on the list is a brand name (yes, even ANS). Well played.
Mother Theresa and Al Gore, sorry: War, famine, poverty, terrorism, substance abuse, ethnic cleansing, corruption, pandemics and the slow choking death of our little blue planet aren’t cool enough to grab our attention anymore.
For better or for worse, I think brands can pretty-much claim victory in the bandwidth war – at least this past year.
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