In a press release, Google reveals the top searches of 2007. The Google Zeitgeist 2007 report came just days after Yahoo! revealed the top searches in their own search engine.
The biggest news maker in 2007, according to Google Zeitgeist 2007, is American Idol, followed by Youtube, Britney Spears, 2007 Cricket World Cup and Chris Benoit. The 2007 Cricket World Cup may draw some double takes, especially from Americans, but it is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Matches from the event are televised to over 200 countries worldwide.
Britney Spears also tops the list of Hollywood bad girls, beating out fellow troublemakers Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Britney Spears searches spiked in two separate occasions: when she decided to go bald and when she performed at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The entertainment industry seems to be getting along fine even with the occasional celebrity meltdown. Heroes and Lost were the top searches for TV shows followed by three Fox shows in House, 24 and Bones. Transformers, 300, The Simpsons Movie, Epic Movie and Bee Movie were the top movie searches according to Google Zeitgeist 2007.
In the videogame industry, the Xbox 360 led the way in searches for most of the year; however, the Nintendo Wii rose past it in popularity just when the holiday season started. It should be noted that the search term “Xbox” was used instead of “Xbox 360.”
2007 has been a bad year for Sony. In addition to getting the least amount of searches for Playstation 3 in the videogame industry, Sony-backed Blu-ray is also behind HD-DVD in terms of searches in the high-definition movie format war.
As for the presidential race, the searches for Barrack Obama, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul were pretty close for most of the year until Ron Paul broke away from the pack near the end of 2007. In terms of the number of searches on Google, Ron Paul is clearly the winner.
By far the most bizarre list is the top searches for deaths; this is because the list composes mostly of people who isn’t dead yet. Aside from Anna Nicole Smith, Chris Benoit and Kurt Vonnegut, everyone else is still alive. Due to rumors and whatnot, the famous inhabitants of the death list who are still alive are Bob Barker, Criss Angel, Fidel Castro, Michael Jackson, Ryan Sheckler, Travis Barker and Vince McMahon.
Google conducted the Google Zeitgeist 2007 research by aggregating billions of search queries by users of Google.com. According to Google, no personal data from individuals using the search queries were recorded.
For a full summary of the findings, you can visit the Google Zeitgeist 2007 website.
Announcement, “Google Announces 2007 End-of-Year Zeitgeist.” Google Press Center.