Copyright 2001 | Source Business Wire

[ December 17th 2001 ]

The Lycos 50 Announces the Most Popular Search Terms of 2001 and the Ones to Watch in 2002 Osama bin Laden and Britney Spears, Web's Most Wanted Man and Woman; N Sync is Top Band for Second Straight Year.

Terra Lycos, the largest global Internet network, today announced The Lycos 50's eagerly anticipated top 50 search terms for the year 2001. The Lycos 50 is a weekly authoritative list of the most popular people, places and things users are searching for online. The Lycos 50 2001 year-end list is based on user searches from January 1 through November 25, 2001.

"The biggest trend of 2001 was the impact of September 11 on Internet searches," said Aaron Schatz, writer of The Lycos 50. "Three of the top 10 items on this year's list are directly related to September 11. The terrorist attacks on America brought a whole host of new items onto The Lycos 50 and changed the way Americans use the Internet. The Web became a vital source of information and communication following Sept. 11 and The Lycos 50 was able to give us an immediate pulse on the world."

In 2000, Osama bin Laden received very few searches. "This year, bin Laden searches went up roughly 26,250 percent," Schatz added. "Every 7.5 hours since Sept. 11, as many people searched for bin Laden as searched for him in all of 2000. But it was Nostradamus who received more searches in the week ending Sept. 15 than any other subject received in any one week since we began the list over two years ago."

Surprisingly, the biggest topic of the year with Web users was not September 11-related. The number one most searched term for 2001 was Dragonball, the Japanese cartoon show, which most adults have never heard of. "Dragonball continues to be wildly popular on the Internet with teens and college-age Japanese animation buffs," Schatz says. "In 2001, Dragonball received twice as many searches as last year's most searched item, Britney Spears." Angelina Jolie came in at number 7 on the Lycos Top Ten Women searched for in 2001.

For a complete list of The Lycos 50 top 50 search terms of 2001, and for in-depth commentary of The Lycos 50 2001 Report, go to

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