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Web Zeitgeist 264

Posted by michael
from the meta-surfing dept.
An anonymous reader writes "CNN has a story about Lycos and its 50 top "searched for" items of the year. After excluding "sex", "Dragonball" was #1, followed by "Kazaa", "tattoos", "Britney Spears", and the "NFL" (american football) rounding out the top 5. IRS was #7, and taxes acheived #14. "The Bible" is #21 followed by "Marijuana" at #22. It appears that pop-stars, supermodels, computer games, sports, and september 11th related words heavily dominate the rest of the top 100. How about the biggest declines? Boy bands. nSync down from 36 to 163, and Back Street Boys tumble to 250 from 58. Lycos is hosting the top 100 results this year here with some commentary. Google also has their own comprehensive lists (and cool charts) as well."
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  • by enos (627034) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:34PM (#4893722)
    You mean to tell me that dragonball has nothing to do with sex?
  • I found a [URL=http://zeitgeistw3.cjb.net]Zeitgeist W3[/URL] which implements the qualities described in this article. Hope this helps!
  • by dagg (153577) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:37PM (#4893743) Journal
    Let's vote for a word or phrase and try to get it added to the 2002 results. I vote for: this [google.com].

    If all goes well... we should see something like this:

    December 15th, 2002: slashdot user calls on the world to search for the word
    insert word here so as to manipulate the 2002 Zeitgeist results
  • by mojotek (453004) <mojotekNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:37PM (#4893746) Homepage Journal
    I would have shlopped Britney in there with the sex searches... There's no way she's number 4 without the slashdot crowd's celebrity nude searches.
  • Question (Score:4, Funny)

    by bayankaran (446245) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:38PM (#4893751) Homepage
    CNN has a story about Lycos and its 50 top "searched for items of the year.

    Wow, are there people searching using Lycos?
  • Kinda cool to see on the Google timeline, a large number of searches for Weight watchers after the new year's. Psychology of the masses?

    And subsequent peaks on the Mondays that followed. I guess we feel the most guilt on Mondays and the least on Fridays.

    -Cyc

  • by Denito (196701) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:38PM (#4893758) Homepage

    Wow, the world is much geekier than i thought.

    however, when I want info about dragonball, I normally just search for '68000'.

    • Wow, the world is much geekier than i thought.

      They were searching for the the Anime "DragonBall Z" Which is about little kids figiting and stuff.

      So you were wrong, the world is much, much, more geeky then you figured...
  • Woe as me (Score:3, Insightful)

    by sx10 (615919) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:40PM (#4893769)
    It's a pretty sad state of affairs when spiderman and shakira are the most pressing issues people want to research on the internet.
    • Yes things were so much better when internet users were concerned with the world trade center and anthrax
    • Re:Woe as me (Score:3, Insightful)

      by hdparm (575302)
      You are absolutelly right.

      Statistics like this one tell us something, don't they? Average human being is mediocre who has very little interest in anything beyond basic needs and fun/amusement. People who realise this are able to communicate with masses, get their agenda out there and capitalise on it in various ways.

      No wonder entertainment corporations make shitloads of money each and every year and fundamentalists of all flavours have so much followers - to name just a few consequences.

      • Re:Woe as me (Score:2, Interesting)

        by il_diablo (574683)
        Although drawing such conclusions is tempting, I have to play Devil's advocate. (As a side note, I agree that many people are mush-brained morons).

        These are site engine searches. It's entirely possible that people are getting their information from directly entering a site's URL. After all, how often does one do a search for "CNN" or some such? News portals provide exactly that, one place to get news, (hopefully unbiased, but THAT'S a different thread) so that one doesn't need Lycos to find information.

        • I actually think that keeping informed counts as one of the basic needs.

          Having said that, I'm aware that people with some other particular interests would have url_s bookmarked as well.

          What would be nice to see is that, for example, 'Spiderman' search produces huge number of hits for "arachnology" - that would tell me that most humans are not just zombies without any investigative spirit left.

        • In one of the old Google zeitgeists, CNN was the most popular search for days after the WTC terror attacks.

          Tim
    • Re:Woe as me (Score:5, Interesting)

      by TeddyR (4176) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @05:17PM (#4893984) Homepage Journal
      Think of who the driving forces on the internet are today.... excluding the sex factor (which actually is relevant...) the major "new" influx of people on the internet are the 12-22 year olds that take their broadband access for granted.

      There are millions of college students who are entering "wired" dorms and campuses that give them huge amounts of bandwidth to download stuff... so their interests would definitly show up as a factor in the results...

  • Who cares (Score:4, Funny)

    by TheOnlyCoolTim (264997) <tim,bolbrock&verizon,net> on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:40PM (#4893771)
    The real news to me in this story is that Lycos still exists.

    Tim
  • by Ignorant Aardvark (632408) <cydeweys&gmail,com> on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:43PM (#4893789) Homepage Journal
    Seeing as how sex is #1, I'm glad that Google isn't giving up the huge amount of advertising bucks they're making by including ads from porn sites.
  • by updog (608318) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:45PM (#4893808) Homepage
    Prurient Content: We ignore pornographic, four-letter words and otherwise lewd queries, including names of decidedly adult film stars--unless such terms are driven by news events.

    I think these types of searches would actually be more interesting to see categorized than the others. What sick and twisted things are people searching for? I wonder if this is categorized anywhere?

    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:56PM (#4893874)
      Prurient Content: We ignore pornographic, four-letter words and otherwise lewd queries, including names of decidedly adult film stars--unless such terms are driven by news events.

      Why? Sexual content is no less valid than any other form of expression. It's obviously popular -- why isn't it represented equally in the study?

      It's an obvious form of media bias -- a slur against the so-called "adult" industry. It's hipocracy -- children can see guns and violence at an early age, but people without clothes, or worse, humans having sex is "bad" for them.

      I decry this media bias. It's clearly a conspiracy by the Storks and their Baby Delivery Monopoly.
      --
      AC
    • by jesser (77961) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @05:23PM (#4894017) Homepage Journal
      What sick and twisted things are people searching for?

      Disturbing Search Requests [weblogs.com]: what blog owners find when looking through referrers in web server logs. These tend to be several-word searches, because single-word searches wouldn't take you to a random blog. Examples: "How to suck breasts", "build a giant robot", "cuntless otters", "worlds greatest asshole".

      Google Adwords Keyword Suggestions [google.com]: type a search term, and it will give common multiple-word searches that include your term. If you type in "porn", the multiple-word searches are child porn, free porn, kiddie porn, chill porn, cartoon porn, porn stars, gay porn, kid porn, lego porn, sex porn, porn nude, moose porn, and lesbian porn.

      Keyword City: 10 most popular search words for the Sex & Pornography category [keywordcity.com]. I don't know how reliable this site is. The top 10 are babe, sex, porn, hardcore, nude, xxx, anal, nudist, naked, and boob.

      Metaspy Exposed [metaspy.com]: random searches on the Metacrawler search engine in real time. Because these are random, you may have to reload several times before you'll see any porn searches.
      • What fun links!! The random Metacrawler searches could provide hours of viewing enjoyment. I wish Google had something similar.

        Here's some interesting ones in just 2-3 minutes of watching:

        "ou got ran over by a cowboys"
        SQUARE DANCE CLOTHING
        Inflatible Penile Prosthesis
        solar eclipse - break dancing
        free girls swallowing sperm movies
        hitman strategy

    • What sick and twisted things are people searching for?

      Let me tell you, I see 'em all. Since my site is so huge (80K or so galleries last time I checked, plus individual pictures, movies, etc.), I have no idea what's in there, for the most part. And because so much of it is already indexed, I see all of the referring queries from Google, Yahoo, etc. that sent the user to my site. I've seen some bizarre, sick shit. Stuff that doesn't even make sense, and apparently my site comes up in the search results. Twisted shit that gives me nightmares. Trust me. You don't want to know!
  • A side note (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ealar dlanvuli (523604) <froggie6@mchsi.com> on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:45PM (#4893810) Homepage
    Also to be noted in the google stats is Mac's broke 5% of the total searches for the first time since google started publishing stats. They omitted this from the year end results, but if you check the archives you can see this.
    • Also to be noted in the google stats is Mac's broke 5% of the total searches for the first time since google started publishing stats. They omitted this from the year end results, but if you check the archives you can see this.

      More news from the alt platform crowd too - Linux was the 4th top technology search, beaten only by MP3, SMS and .... winzip?

      In contrast, xbox and Microsoft were at 7 and 9 respectively. Mac didn't feature (I wonder what position it was at).

      I guess that means there's a lot of interest in Linux but it's not being turned into actual installed user base. I think we already knew that though...

      • I dont think it much has to do with interest. More that the linux userbase tends to be a selfenabling crowd that knows how good google is and knows that the information needs to be found. IE: when I want drivers for something im searching for "linux blahblah driver". Given that most windows users arent ever going to really need to do any searches relating to windows, since most things are handed to them on a platter, it makes sense. I don't think very many people are just randomly searching for linux info to read.

        Does this post make sense? atleast I understand what Im trying to say ;)
        • yeah, that's possible i guess. On the other hand, I don't think using google has much to do with technical competence, all the people I know use it, and they range from can barely click a mouse to software engineers.

          I find it hard to believe that 2% of the worlds computer using population could bias the google results so heavily.

      • I think alot of the problems with "mac" serches (for making that top 10) is there are actually two os searches (and I've never had a need to search for the word mac). I always type "osx" and then retype "os x" if I don't get the results I need, kind of annoying.
  • by CySurflex (564206) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:48PM (#4893827)
    I worked hard ALL year to get "Wild Donkey Bestialty Porn" to the top 10 search terms, only to have CNN factor it OUT of the statistics.
  • What google neglected to mention was the words the top search words were teamed up with: ...

    2. "shakira" with "will compiling my own kernel get me ass like that"

    3. "winter olympics" with "I can see your privates through that luge outfit" ...

    5. "avril lavigne" with "what if i am attracted to a singer that looks like my daughter"

    6. "star wars" with "askjeeves: will the next one suck?"

    7. "eminem" with "hyprocritical dirty white skinny guy"

    8. "american idol" with "please god kill me I watched it " ...

    11. "natalie portman" with "candid nipple pics" ...

    13. "trillian" with "when will this actually work properly" ...

    15. "neverwinter nights" with "linux client when ??" ...

    20. "ikea" with "crazy swedes"
  • "nSync *down* from 36 to 163"...

    Damn, that must be a personal tradgedy for them ;)
  • Defying Everything (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Malicious (567158)
    Leave it to the Backstreet Boys, to be the first boyband, to tumble up.

    Those guys will do anything for attention

  • Ask Jeeves (Score:5, Informative)

    by jesser (77961) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:53PM (#4893855) Homepage Journal
    Ask Jeeves also posted year-end search trends, but it picked different information to highlight than either Lycos or Google.

    Yearly [irconnect.com]: frequent searches, news-related searches, health, CEO scandals, music artists, vacation destinations, products and brands.

    For each of the top 5 news stories, the year-end page includes several popular questions related to the news. For example:

    2. September 11th Memorial
    -- How many people died on September 11, 2001?
    -- Is 9-11 a holiday?
    -- What events are taking place on September 11, 2002?

    Weekly [ask.com]: frequent searches, general advancing queries, movies, and news.

    Some of the advancing queries are questions ("What is Kwanzaa?") and some are searches ("Saint Nicholas"), but I don't know whether that difference reflects actual differences in the way people search on aj.com for different types of information.
    • by Sirch (82595)
      This [officialkw...ebsite.org] seems to be a source of info on Kwanzaa, for all you non-Americans out there. Seems to be some Christmas alternative thing.
  • by updog (608318) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:54PM (#4893858) Homepage
    This is kinda interesting, although I've seen this before. Heh, FTP is more popular that Microsoft too :) I wonder if this type of thing scares Microsoft... Google Top Technology Searches: 1. mp3 2. sms 3. winzip 4. linux 5. ftp 6. dell 7. xbox 8. realplayer 9. microsoft 10. java
    • actually thats pretty damn high considering the number of people that probably have microsoft.com as their start page from using IE.

      these results arent very accurate anyways, a lot of people probably only search for things that dont show up at .com. microsoft.com is well known but linux.com and mp3.com may not have what the people were looking for.
    • I think that most people know that if you type in "Microsoft.com", you get what you want. Or, you've got Windows Update, or god knows how many links in their products that bring you to what you want. But type in "linux.com", and you get something that looks like the HTML Monster took a big shit on the page, all the while providing no good information or links or downloads or documentation or, well, anything. The site is pretty much Slashdot the Sequel.

    • The KCC is the Zen Master guru of Active Directory. It dynamically computed the best topology for my Active Directory. It does not bother me that I have 512 - T1 links for my WAN and that I still have AD replication failures. Sure my event log fills up with undecipherable errors, so what? The bottom line is, I am on the bleeding edge at all times. I am fully committed to this platform, no matter how much it pains my user base.

    • by Pfhreakaz0id (82141) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @05:35PM (#4894077)
      just fyi, I didn't know 'til recently, google has a specialized Microsoft search engine www.google.com/microsoft. works pretty well. beats searching the kb from MSDN and it indexes non microsoft sites as well.
      • ah, just as it happens that google is most of the time the best search engine to search anything from www.microsoft.com. (their own has more dead links, comes up with irrelevant stuff and is hard to manouver imho.)
    • Nah. Microsoft's not scared of linux at #4 or ftp at #5. They're pissed that realplayer beat them out, and they're gleeful at having beaten java. And look at xbox at #7. For a console that's practically rotting on the shelves, that's pretty durn good. Looks like maybe there *is* a light at the end of that $3 billion tunnel.
  • by Malfourmed (633699) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:54PM (#4893861) Homepage
    ... and no mention that linux (at #4) outranks microsoft (at #9) on the google technology top 10 [google.com] list?

    Or is this old news?

    • I submitted the same story to slashdot yesterday, but with the emphasis on Google Zeitgeist instead of Lycos (isn't Lycos dead yet?), and on Linux's high result. Linux beat out Microsoft, X-Box, and Dell in Google searches, finishing -- as you say -- at #4 in Technology searches on Google in 2002. That's pretty impressive, and after all the news stories about businesses, governments, schools, etc. switching and considering switching to Linux, I think it's an important landmark, reflecting Linux's rise to prominence, though not dominance, in the technologist's awareness.

      Not to grouse, or anything ;)
  • ..is because it's main user base is not totally geeky.

    anyone totally geeky would know to use google..
  • by cheese_wallet (88279) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:55PM (#4893866) Journal
    According to google's zeitgeist shtick, here [google.com] , the ever wonderful "all your base are belong to us" is in the top twenty declining queries for 2002.

    Maybe this cycle of "all your xxx" is finally coming to a close.
  • Interesting (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Z0mb1eman (629653) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:58PM (#4893880) Homepage
    Interesting that Prom Dresses (39) is followed directly by Anorexia (40).

    Coincidence?

    Probably.
  • by DoraLives (622001) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @04:59PM (#4893884)
    How about the biggest declines? Boy bands. nSync down from 36 to 163, and Back Street Boys tumble to 250 from 58.

    While this might look like good news, it's not. It only means that cultural space is being made for even stupider things.
  • by The Moving Shadow (603653) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @05:02PM (#4893898)
    They can't really explain it properly on Lycos, but Taiwanese politician Chu Mei-Feng was ranked #20 on the Lycos search charts over the last year. Personally i have never heard of him, and i think the majority of the non asian people here too. Makes you figure how much asian sites and users make up the whole of the internet while we (read: I) surf only those pages with our western fonts.
    • Hahah (Score:5, Informative)

      by autopr0n (534291) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @05:44PM (#4894139) Homepage Journal
      Chu Mei-Feng isn't a guy, it's a woman. A taiwanese Politictian who had a huge sex scandal in Taiwan.

      Basically she was the 'girlfriend' you could say of a high-ranking politico who helped her get into the equivalent of congress. (most Americans would have balked, at this point, but in Taiwan it was kosher)

      Anyway, he got her a house, and she got lonely so she invited a friend to live with her. Except, her friend ended up putting video cameras in her bedroom and recorded her having sex with lots of different guys. Then released the VCDs.

      So, when people searched for "Chu Mei-Feng" they weren't looking for info on the Taiwan-China relations (CMF was pro-unification, fyi), but rather they were looking for .mpg files of her getting fucked.

    • Makes you figure how much asian sites and users make up the whole of the internet while we (read: I) surf only those pages with our western fonts.

      I was wondering about that too, especially after looking at things like the alexa top 500 [alexa.com], almost half the sites are asian.

  • Sex (Score:2, Funny)

    by UnknownQ (84898)
    Proudly keeping sex on top by typing it in over and over and over again.
  • I don't even recognize a lot of those "fastest growing" searches. "shakira"? "avril"? "las ketchup"? "gareth"? Is there some secret underground culture that happens to be really popular that people aren't telling me about? Are these all things related to TV? I'm so confused.
    • Yep, they're all music-related, to varying degrees of talent (and in Shakira's case, a tenuous grip on the English language to boot!)

      Gareth Gates is the bloke who didn't win the UK's Pop Idol contest, but will probably outlast the winner, Will Young, by dint of having
      1. A decent singing voice.
      2. Not being gay, hence twice the potential audience.
      3. Having a discernable personality.

      As for Las Ketchup, all I know is that I've somehow managed to avoid hearing this all year long. But I bet that if you play it backwards you get Osama Bin Laden saying 'Ha Ha Ha! Ya Missed Me!' :)

      MT.
      • OK, I also just noticed that under top men #3 is "Nelly". Is that a mistake, or is there really a grown man that goes by "Nelly"? Is he/she maybe a transvestite performer of some kind? Cross-dresser?
        • He's definitely a bloke. You've got him mixed up with Nelly Furtado... oh, wait, I know what you're next question is...

          [Mark&Lard] Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo? ?!! :)

          MT.
          • You got it. I might have heard "Nelly Furtado" before.... actually may have seen the name on CNN or something. But, I'll let it rest. I have no idea who he is, but I really don't care. I'm *blissfully* outta touch with mainstream pop culture. The last thing I remember is some Taco Bell dog or something like that.
        • He is a rapper. But from what I've heard he raps about ladies and enjoying some fine mary jane, so he's better than all the other rappers talking about killing cops and raping people and whatever.

          Tim
      • Not being gay, hence twice the potential audience.

        I'd like to see your working for that.

        • I'd like to see your working for that.

          Okay!

          Gay = appeals to blokes (+ the confused old folks!)
          Straight = appeals to blokes + young impressionable girls with cash to burn

          Actually, that's probably more than twice, my excuse being that I used the same calculator as the person who does the sums for the RIAA. :)

          MT.
  • Yahoo! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by foo1752 (555890)
    Yahoo! gathers these same search statistics on a weekly basis. You can check it out here [yahoo.com]. They've also compiled the total 2002 results here [yahoo.com]. Of course, their results aren't really much different from everyone elses.
  • Going over the articles I was suprised at this:
    The new year isn't here yet, but Schatz is already predicting that the biggest movie of 2003 - based on the high number of searches -- will be the sequel to The Matrix.
    My initial reacion was, "No Lord of the Rings?" I guess Orlando Bloom is part of that. or maybe Ring fans don't do searches. They probably just have The One Ring.Net already bookmarked.
    Or maybe Lycos isn;t that good of an indicator of Web trends. (I haven't been to Lycos for about 5 years.)
  • by NineNine (235196) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @05:16PM (#4893978)
    I hate to say it, but this is completely useless since they stripped out anything objectionable. I didn't see porn or sex or anything relating to sex on there at all. This is like the "sanitized for TV" version of the stats, which in my mind, aren't really stats at all.
  • Don't be alarmed (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Seeing the high scoring searches may give a gloomy outlook towards the future of civilization but don't worry. Only stupid people would be using lycos and that skews the results a bit. Kind of like how the police take their seatbelt usage samples /at the roadblocks/ and claim their efforts increase seatbelt usage.

  • Simple reasoning that they didn't "feel the need to list" sex. "Kazaa".

    Same thing, right? Well, at least I see them as such. Mmm... pr0n.
  • Time to really start hitting google for Linus, CMdrTaco and others, so next year one of them ends up in the top 10 list.

    StarTux
  • What about google? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by autopr0n (534291) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @05:23PM (#4894022) Homepage Journal
    You know its weird, google has so much more traffic then Lycos, and they are the ones who coined the term 'Zeitgeist' to refer to perotic web-search stats reports. (I.e the 'Google Zeitgeist'). In fact, Google just released their Zeitgeist for 2k2 [google.com] a couple days ago, but I've been seeing the Lycos thing all over the place.

    I guess Terra-Lycos, being a true media company rather then search-only knows how to play the PR game better. Ah well.

    Ah well. Typing the term 'zeitgeist' over and over has really messed with my head...
  • I think we need to proppel "wigs and hairpieces" into the top ten most searched. I suggest taking a few moments out of each day to search for some new head attire.
    Now go forth and spread the word.

    egg
  • There should be a Slashdot zeitgeist listing the most common words (and sequences of two or more words, using some weird statistical algorithm possibly mentioning 'Markov chains' although I have no idea what they are) appearing in comments.

    (Maybe with long identical sequences removed to reduce the weighting given to multiple identical troll postings.)
  • by TeddyR (4176) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @05:28PM (#4894049) Homepage Journal
    What about sites that are located in internet2. Wasnt that supposed have been created by the major research universities as a result of the commercialism of the "Regular" internet?

    http://www.internet2.edu/

    Many universities now have their own internal search engines that their students connect to... Many of those searches are not factored in these results either.

    Many users go directly to their most used sites like cnn.com or espn.com and search for what they want there. Those results may not be factored in to the google or lycos results...

    Then comes places like AOL that still have millions of users that do searches from within the AOL client which are not factored in either...

  • A sign of the times indeed.

    I've been thinking of getting one and looking for insipiration. The tree of life from Celtic/Norse mythology is top of the list so far for a number of reasons.

    Favourite design so far is:
    http://www.kelticdesigns.com/Pages/Treeprint. html

    Though I haven't yet asked permission from the artist.

  • Doh (Score:3, Funny)

    by Tachys (445363) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @05:57PM (#4894295)
    You just had to mention Dragonball

    "Let the fun begin Majin Buu"

    "Heh heh heh heh heh heh"

    "This can't be happening"

    "Buu go Bang Bang"

    "We have got to stop them"

    "Ready!"

    "Yes"

    "HAH"

    "Stay with it"

    "Buu not scared"

    "Let's take it to the next level"

    "Looks like our friend is in need of a haircut"

    I guess this proves I have no life, even by slashdot standards
  • Google search traffic follows the Las Ketchup [google.com] craze as it circles the globe. See graph [google.com].

    Lyrics: Asereje ja de je de jebe tude jebere sebiunouba majabi an de bugui an de buididipi

    No... it isn't Spanish... it's gibberish. This little ditty has been referred to as the new Macarena. Do we really need ANOTHER macarena?
  • Funny Lycos doesn't tell you HOW many have actually search... Who uses Lycos anymore? Perhaps its just CowboyNeil and Commander Taco (Last year it was just CowboyNeil, so its up 200%!)
  • What's the fascination with Dragonball? What is it anways? -- a television show, a movie, an electronics device, or something else? Please somebody explain why it's so popular. The curiosity is killing me. Does the Lycos crowd know something that we don't, or was the Dragonball movie advertised on the website all year long?
  • Slashdot version? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by alfredw (318652) <alf&freealf,com> on Sunday December 15, 2002 @07:38PM (#4895008) Homepage
    Just a thought on a cool Slashcode idea... Track trends on /.! The google graph [google.com] for the "Las Ketchup" craze has inspired me... Could we track the first occurances, and subsequent uptake/getting-oldness of various /. trends? The first "first post!!!", the height of goatse-ism, the birth of "IN SOVIET RUSSIA"?

    I'd be amused :-)
  • ...can be found on my site, http://metabuzz.kushaldave.com [kushaldave.com]. There's also a tool that puts up the different lists side-by-side [kushaldave.com], though it's a bit broken at the moment. I know self-promotion is always suspect, but I think people interested in things like Zeitgeist will find the list useful.
  • On lycos's list, Las Vegas (#11) is the only city to be listed (funnily enough, between Pam Anderson and Anna Kournikova).
  • When the top 100 searches on a search engine have mostly to do with entertainment (I.E. Spears, Football, Linkin Park, etc.)

    If I was religious, I'd pray for the state of our people. What a horribly depressing top 100 list. Have we got nothing else to think about besides damned Brittany?
  • How about the biggest declines? Boy bands. nSync down from 36 to 163, and Back Street Boys tumble to 250 from 58.

    Well, thank god for that. I don't know how much more of this "dirty pop" crap I can take.

    On another note, people actually use Lycos? Lycos, what's that? Isn't that a dog or something?
  • Google holiday logos (Score:2, Interesting)

    by WesG (589258)
    As I was reading the Google Zeitgeist I came across a link to the various logos that Google has used during various holidays and events throughout the years. I didn't realize how many there were.

    Check it out:
    http://www.google.com/holidaylogos.html

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