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Top Searches for 2005

It’s that time of year again when the search engines report on the top searched keywords and names for the year. For 2005, I was surprised to find

Oh, by the way, Lycos reports that this has been the Pam Anderson Decade with Pamela Anderson leading the top 50 search results with antics in her personal and professional life. Other top search results for the past ten years with Lycos included Dragonball, Anime Legend, Pokemon Card Game, Britney Spears, Baby Name, WWE, Tatoos, and Las Vegas. Yet, on Yahoo and Google, Pamela Anderson didn’t even make the top 10 search results. Makes you wonder who is using which search engine. ;-)

Which is the thought I had as I went through the entire list. You would think that as search engines grow and evolve, one or two would be clear favorites, but maybe some search engines are attracting specific types of people while others attract other types. Clearly, with the top results from Google, the international crowd’s search terms outweigh popular English terms, highlighting the tremendous effort Google has put into foreign language services. Famous people, usually outrageous celebrities, continue to lead the top list across the search engines, but there are a few surprises, such as competitor search engines ending up on some top search results. Interesting to see the growing interest in search engines themselves.

Here are the top 5 keywords for the search engines I found.

Google Top Searches for 2005

  1. Myspace
  2. Ares
  3. Baidu
  4. wikipedia
  5. orkut

Google News Top Searches for 2005

  1. Janet Jackson
  2. Hurricane Katrina
  3. tsunami
  4. xbox 360
  5. Brad Pitt

Lycos Top Searches for 2005

  1. Paris Hilton
  2. Pamela Anderson
  3. Britney Spears
  4. Poker
  5. Dragonball

Yahoo Top Searches for 2005

  1. Britney Spears
  2. 50 Cents
  3. Cartoon Network
  4. Mariah Carey
  5. Green Day

Search.com Top Searches for 2005

  1. google
  2. ebay
  3. yahoo
  4. limewire
  5. argos

Ask (aka Ask Jeeves) Top Searches for 2005

  1. President Bush
  2. Iraq
  3. Hurricane Katrina
  4. Tsunami
  5. Michael Jackson

AOL Top Searches for 2005

  1. Lottery
  2. Horoscopes
  3. Tattoos
  4. Lyrics
  5. Ringtones

(via Infospace – metasearch engine searches Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask, and others for 2005

  1. Music Lyrics
  2. Paris Hilton
  3. Google
  4. eBay
  5. Yahoo

A9’s Top Search Words with 9 Letters for 2005

  1. equipment
  2. refinance
  3. furniture
  4. insurance
  5. marketing

For more information on top search results from search engines and other top news and items of interest for 2005, see:

Note: I’m still looking for top results for other search engines, including MSN. MSN had a year of major changes to their search engine, so their results are not yet out and may not be a good reflection. If you know of any other search engine top results for 2005, please post them below in the comments. Thanks!


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