The Year in Search: A 2007 Review

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What were people searching for in 2007? The search engines know.

The end of the year is a time to reflect on events over the past 12 months. A handful of search engines compiled the top searches for the year in several categories. Recaps from Google, Yahoo, AOL, Ask, and Lycos highlight the trends that came and went over the course of 2007.

Top Google Searches, 2007
Fastest Rising (Global) Fastest Rising (U.S.)
1 iPhone 1 iPhone
2 Badoo 2 Webkinz
3 Facebook 3 Tmz
4 Dailymotion 4 Transformers
5 Webkinz 5 YouTube
6 YouTube 6 Club Penguin
7 eBuddy 7 Myspace
8 Second Life 8 Heroes
9 hi5 9 Facebook
10 Club Penguin 10 Anna Nicole Smith
Google News Most Popular Searches (Global) Presidential Campaign (Most Searched-for)
1 American Idol 1 Ron Paul
2 YouTube 2 Fred Thompson
3 Britney Spears 3 Hillary Clinton
4 2007 Cricket World Cup 4 Barack Obama
5 Chris Benoit 5 John Edwards
6 iPhone 6 Mitt Romney
7 Anna Nicole Smith 7 John Mccain
8 Paris Hilton 8 Joe Biden
9 Iran 9 Bill Richardson
10 Vanessa Hudgens 10 Rudy Giuliani
Source: Google, 2007

Top Yahoo Searches, 2007
Top 10 News Stories Top 10 in Tech
1 Saddam Hussein 1 YouTube
2 Iran 2 Wikipedia
3 Iraq 3 Facebook
4 President George W. Bush 4 iTunes
5 Oil and gas prices 5 iPod
6 Barack Obama 6 iPhone
7 Hillary Rodham Clinton 7 Nintendo Wii
8 San Diego fires 8 Xbox
9 Afghanistan 9 Sony PlayStation 3
10 Virginia Tech 10 Guitar Hero
Top 10 Searches on Yahoo Kids Top 10 on del.icio.us
1 Games 1 Design
2 Animals 2 HDTV
3 Dinosaurs 3 Games
4 Math 4 Music
5 Hannah Montana 5 Web 2.0
6 Solar system 6 Video
7 George Washington 7 Ubuntu
8 Halloween 8 Travel
9 Sally Ride 9 Photography
10 Global warming 10 Mac
Source: Yahoo, 2007

Top AOL Searches, 2007
Top Search Terms Top Gadgets
1 Weather 1 iPhone
2 White pages 2 iPod
3 Games 3 Wii
4 Dictionary 4 Computers
5 Music 5 Cell phones
6 CNN 6 Tracfone
7 Maps 7 XM Radio
8 American Idol 8 GPS
9 ESPN 9 PSP
10 WWE 10 Xbox
Top Shopping Brands Top Viral Video
1 Pottery Barn 1 Miss Teen South Carolina Answers Questions
2 Victoria's Secret 2 Leave Britney Alone!
3 Coach 3 Prison Inmates Perform "Thriller"
4 Lane Bryant 4 Paris in Jail: The Music Video
5 Harley Davidson 5 The Landlord, Featuring Will Ferrell
6 Nike 6 Safari Animals Battle at Kruger
7 Lands' End 7 "Chocolate Rain" by Tay Zonday
8 Crocs 8 "I Got a Crush on Obama" by Obama Girl
9 Banana Republic 9 Karl Rove's Rap Debut as MC Rove
10 Talbots 10 College Student Tasered at Kerry Forum
Source: AOL, 2007

Top Ask.com Searches, 2007
Top Internet Searches Top Presidential Candidate Queries
1 MySpace 1 Barack Obama
2 Dictionary 2 Hillary Clinton
3 Google 3 Fred Thompson
4 Themes 4 John Edwards
5 Area Codes 5 Mitt Romney
6 Cars 6 John McCain
7 Weather 7 Ron Paul
8 Games 8 Rudy Giuliani
9 Song Lyrics 9 Mike Huckabee
10 Movies 10 Dennis Kucinich
Top Sports Team Searches Top Television Show Searches
1 Boston Red Sox 1 Hannah Montana
2 Dallas Cowboys 2 Family Guy
3 New England Patriots 3 SpongeBob SquarePants
4 Colorado Rockies 4 WWE
5 Chicago Bears 5 American Idol
6 New York Yankees 6 Big Brother
7 Green Bay Packers 7 Gilmore Girls
8 Pittsburgh Steelers 8 South Park
9 Chicago Cubs 9 Charmed
10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10 Grey's Anatomy
Source: Ask.com, 2007

Top 50 Lycos Searches, 2007
1 Poker 26 LimeWire
2 MySpace 27 Facebook
3 Britney Spears 28 Trish Stratus
4 Paris Hilton 29 Shakira
5 Golf 30 Christmas
6 YouTube 31 Jessica Alba
7 Naruto 32 Inuyasha
8 Disney 33 Angelina Jolie
9 Pokemon 34 Carmen Electra
10 WWE 35 Harry Potter
11 RuneScape 36 World Series
12 Pamela Anderson 37 South Beach Diet
13 Clay Aiken 38 Dancing with the Stars
14 Fashion 39 Wikipedia
15 Spyware 40 Jessica Simpson
16 Dragonball 41 Jennifer Aniston
17 Anna Nicole Smith 42 Stephanie McMahon
18 Vanessa Hudgens 43 Jennifer Lopez
19 Halloween 44 Hilary Duff
20 NFL 45 Webkinz
21 Antonella Barba 46 Thanksgiving
22 Apple 47 Valentine's Day
23 Beyonce 48 Barbie
24 Baseball 49 The Sims
25 Lindsay Lohan 50 Emma Watson
Source: Lycos, 2007

Here's the top search terms for 2006.

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