Internet searchers had movies and mom on their minds, as evidenced by the most popular terms on the The Lycos 50 for the week ending May 11, 2003, yet health was the primary concern on the Yahoo Buzz Index for the week ending May 10, 2003.
New movies, “X2: X-Men United” and “The Matrix Reloaded,” grabbed the number 1 and number 5 spots respectively on the Lycos list, and the 4th, 5th and 17th positions on the Yahoo Index, while “Mother’s Day” claimed the number 2 spot on Lycos, and number 9 on Yahoo
Yahoo searchers put “SARS” in the top spot, but the contagious illness dropped from number 4 to number 9 on this week’s Lycos list. As usual, “KaZaA” and “Tattoos” rounds out the top 5 searches on the Lycos 50.
Debuts and re-entries to the Lycos list include: “Midwest Tornados,” “Graduation,” “Metallica,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Miss Elizabeth,” “Survivor,” “Anna Kournikova,” “Powerball,” and “Avril Lavigne.”
Lycos indicates that “Tornadoes” got a few more searches than “Tornados,” although both spellings are correct, and there were more searches than usual for “Tornado Safety,” “Tornado Shelter,” and “The Kansas City Star,” the newspaper from the hardest-hit city.
While “Kentucky Derby” and “Luther Vandross” dropped off the Lycos list, they debuted at numbers 6 and 18 respectively on the Yahoo Index. “PlayStation2,” “R.Kelly,” and “Linkin Park” were also Yahoo exclusives last week.
Check out how the search terms have changed over time:
Payment and Entertainment
War and Basketball
Touchdowns, Taxes, and Tragedy
Searches Mostly Entertainment-Related
Virus Becomes Most Popular
Debut of a Salesman
Dragonball Rolls Into First Place
World Cup Kicks Star Wars Out of Space
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