Twitter & YouTube Release Popular Searches For 2009; Facebook Top Search

On the Twitter blog today, Chief Scientist Abdur released a summary chart of the most popular trending topics on the social platform during 2009:

Twitter Trending Topics for 2009

Microsoft’s Windows 7 did make the Top 10 Technology searches, but no such luck for Bing. In addition to the major news events of the year like the Iran Election (a popular topic for real time searches), Michael Jackson’s death and Swine Flu/H1N1, the weekly favorite, #MusicMonday made the list, but no mention of #FollowFriday.

Similarly, YouTube also released the most popular videos of 2009, with few surprises:

Most Watched YouTube videos (Global)

1. Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent (120+ million views) 2. David After Dentist (37+ million views) 3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views) 4. New Moon Movie Trailer (31+ million views) 5. Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views)

Fastest Rising YouTube search terms by month (Global)
January: inauguration
February: christian bale
March: the climb
April: susan boyle
May: pacquiao vs hatton
June: michael jackson thriller
July: michael jackson
August: usain bolt
September: kanye west
October: paranormal activity
November: bad romance
December: tiger woods
Meanwhile, Hitwise also noted that of the top 300 search terms for 2009, Facebook was the top-searched term overall, accounting for 0.67 percent of all searches. Four variations of the query appeared in the Top 25 searches.
Top Overall Searches 2009
  1. Facebook
  2. myspace
  3. Craigslist
  4. youtube
  5. yahoo mail
  6. google
  7. yahoo
  8. ebay
  9. facebook login

Related Topics: Channel: Strategy | Search Headlines | Stats: Popularity


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