Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Google users burn for Paris

Online social networks, Borat's American invasion, Paris Hilton and the definition of promiscuous were among the top subjects that people wanted to learn more about in 2006, according to Google's annual list of top searches.

Bebo and Myspace were the top two searches in 2006, showing the increasing popularity of social networks among young Web surfers.

The World Cup, the most-watched sporting event in the world, drew the third-most search results.


Video-sharing website YouTube didn't make the top 10, but a similar site, Metacafe, placed at No. 4. One of the site's gimmicks is to pay for original content viewed more than 20,000 times.

Rounding out the top 10 searches were radioblog, a Web program that's used to play music or sound on websites; Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia; the generic term video, which results in about 1.37 billion matches; Rebelde, a Mexican miniseries soap opera; Mininova, a search engine for downloading music, movies, TV shows and programs; and wiki, a term that refers to a collaborative website that can be edited by many users.

The top Google search term for news articles was Paris Hilton, who made headlines all year for a rift with former The Simple Life co-star Nicole Richie, the release of her self-titled debut CD, an arrest for allegedly driving under the influence and for simply being Paris.

Google also broke down some common questions, and more than anyone else, people wanted to know "who is Borat?" The TV and movie character, played by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, was the star of the hit comedy Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Google doesn't compile a year in review for Canadian searches, but in November, Ebay was the top search term followed by Myspace.



1. Paris Hilton

2. Orlando Bloom

3. Cancer

4. Podcasting

5. Hurricane Katrina

6. Bankruptcy

7. Martina Hingis

8. Autism

9. 2006 NFL draft

10. Celebrity Big Brother 2006