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Blast from the past: Popular search terms in 2004

Took a deep dive into our archives and found this little nugget:

According to AskJeeves, the top searches for the week of Oct. 8, 2004 were: online dictionary, music lyrics, games, halloween costumes, jokes, baby names, quotes, Britney spears, Paris Hilton, poems.

Or from Yahoo: Eminem, Britney Spears, Usher, Mt. St. Helens, Nelly, Register to Vote, Halloween costumes, Jo Jo, Paris Hilton, Green Day, NASCAR, Christina Aguilera, Hilary Duff, NFL, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Drudge Report, Alicia Keys, John Kerry, My Boo

Or from the Lycos 50, from Oct. 2, 2004: Airline Flight Tracking, Clay Aiken, Paris, Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Halloween costumes, Britney Spears, Michelle Vieth, Halloween, NFL, poker, KaZaA, Brooke Burke, beheadings in Iraq, Christmas, Lindsay Lohan, Star Wars 3, The Olsen Twins, WWE. Dragonball, Baseball

Read more in our 2005 report on search engine users.

(Source: pewinternet.org)

Infographic for your Monday morning - Is personalized search getting too personal? User Thoughts on Personalized Search
(Via Search Engine Journal)
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Infographic for your Monday morning - Is personalized search getting too personal? User Thoughts on Personalized Search

(Via Search Engine Journal)

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Great analogy to Disney at the end of this Atlantic article about our new report on search engine use and users’ views on personalized search results and targeted ads

Among search engine users, Google dominance continues and it is far and away the search engine they report using most often.  Fully 83% of searchers use Google more often than any other search engine.  Yahoo is a very distant second at just 6%.  In 2004, the gap between these two search leaders was much narrower.  At that time, 47% said that Google was the search engine they used most often while 26% named Yahoo. 

Among search engine users, Google dominance continues and it is far and away the search engine they report using most often.  Fully 83% of searchers use Google more often than any other search engine.  Yahoo is a very distant second at just 6%.  In 2004, the gap between these two search leaders was much narrower.  At that time, 47% said that Google was the search engine they used most often while 26% named Yahoo. 

Search engines and users’ views about personalized search results & targeted ads

In our February 2012 survey, we included several questions asking how respondents feel about search engines and other websites collecting information about them and using it to either shape their search results or target advertising to them. While users are more satisfied than ever with the quality of search results, clear majorities of internet and search users disapprove of sites collecting personal info and online targeted advertising.

Read more in our new report, out today: Search Engine Use 2012