Feeds

'Horoscopes' is AOL's most searched word

People like hairstyles too

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Infographic

America Online today released its most popular search terms, which showed that Britney Spears has reclaimed the title of most searched person of 2004 from rapper 50 Cent.

Platinum recording artist and teen movie star Hilary Duff was the most searched person by children and teenagers, while Usher was the most searched male. Usher also recorded the two most searched songs of the year, Burn and My Boo (with Alicia Keys).

The most searched word this year was 'horoscopes', followed by 'lyrics' and 'hairstyles'. New topics in 2004's top 50 list included: foreclosures (#4); salaries (#5); work at home (#18); home improvement (#19); airline tickets (#27); spyware (#43); credit reports (#43); texas hold 'em poker (#46); and blue book (#49).

2003's most searched diet, the Atkins Diet, dropped to #3 in 2004, with South Beach taking first place, followed by Weight Watchers.

Unsurprisingly, the US presidential election was the most searched news topic this year, and Senator John Kerry the most searched politician. The World Series was the most popular sporting event, as the Boston Red Sox won it for the first time in 86 years. The Red Sox were the fourth most searched sports team, and their most popular player was Johnny Damon. Basketball player Kobe Bryant was the most searched for athlete of 2004.

Mobile phones were the most searched for devices, followed by digital cameras and MP3 players (including iPods). The most searched-for TV show was American Idol, with Oprah Winfrey coming second and Survivor moving from eighth in 2003 to third in 2004. ®

Related stories

Yahoo! gives! away! free! desktop! search!
Autonomy offers desktop search
MS search engine rumours abound

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.