Internet users were busy searching for a virus last week, but not the kind that infiltrates computers. "West Nile Virus" took the top spot in a list of the most popular search terms.
Internet users were busy searching for a virus last week, but not the kind that infiltrates computers. The mosquito-borne "West Nile Virus" took the top spot on the Terra Lycos list of the 50 most popular search terms, as more instances of the illness emerged in the United States. The virus rolled "Dragonball" out of first place, a term that ranked number one for six of the last seven weeks.
The rest of the popular top five for the week ending August 17, 2002 – "KaZaA," "Tattoos," and "Britney Spears" – all dropped down a notch as "West Nile" rose to the top. Top movers on the list are:
Lycos noted that some recently popular terms were no longer on the list. "Star Wars" vanished after 22 weeks, and "Napster," "Sailor Moon," "Spirit Airlines," "Crop Circles," "Jennifer Walcott," and "No Calls Please" were not among the top 50.
|Lycos 50 for the week ending August 17, 2002|
|Last Week's |
|1||West Nile Virus||#6|
|11||Lord of the Rings||#10|
|23||Anna Nicole Smith||#5|
|31||Perseid Meteor Shower||New|
|35||Grand Theft Auto 3||#30|
|Source: Terra Lycos|
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