The Year In Google Search Terms
Radio Free Europe / Luke Allnutt
30-Dec-2009 (one comment)


December 30, 2009

The readers have spoken. Here is your ranking for the top stories of 2009.

1. Iran's protests
2. Global economic crisis
3. Obama's first year in office
4. Swine flu
5. Michael Jackson's death

But to drill a little deeper and really capture the zeitgeist, here is a selection of popular search terms that users typed into Google and then ended up on Some reflect the spirit of the time, while a few are just plain bizarre.

"ahmadinejad jewish"

"sex video"

"yugo car" 

"taliban vs al qaeda"

"obama speech"... >>>

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