Internet users spent the week looking for information on taxes and their favorite celebrities, rappers, movies, and games.
Significant differences were found among The Lycos 50 for the week ending April 19, 2003 and the Yahoo Buzz Index for the week ending April 20, 2003. While searches for "IRS" and "Internal Revenue Service" dominated both lists, the remainder represents two vastly different user groups.
Noticeably absent from the Yahoo Index were the week's most prominent holidays – "Easter" and "Passover" – and any references to the war in Iraq, with searches for entertainment and sports taking precedence over current events. Two notable exceptions were "SARS" at number 2, and "Laci Peterson" debuting at number 8.
The Yahoo Index exclusively claimed:
Rounding out the top 20 on the Lycos list were also some exclusive searches that were not found on the Yahoo Index:
The Lycos list marked some debuts, along with search terms that were making a re-appearance:
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