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Web Zeitgeist

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the meta-surfing dept.

The Internet 264

An anonymous reader writes "CNN has a story about Lycos and its 50 top "searched for" items of the year. After excluding "sex", "Dragonball" was #1, followed by "Kazaa", "tattoos", "Britney Spears", and the "NFL" (american football) rounding out the top 5. IRS was #7, and taxes acheived #14. "The Bible" is #21 followed by "Marijuana" at #22. It appears that pop-stars, supermodels, computer games, sports, and september 11th related words heavily dominate the rest of the top 100. How about the biggest declines? Boy bands. nSync down from 36 to 163, and Back Street Boys tumble to 250 from 58. Lycos is hosting the top 100 results this year here with some commentary. Google also has their own comprehensive lists (and cool charts) as well."

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Continuing the First Post Quest (-1)

FirstPostRobot1 (631217) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893710)

The success rate [slashdot.org] of the First Post Robot is improving! But it could be better.

So, should the First Post Robot be open-sourced? Or would that defeat the whole purpose? (What is the purpose?) Submit your answer in the Journal.

Generated by FirstPost! version 1.2.4

Re:Continuing the First Post Quest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893764)

I heard that the First Post Robot was written by known homosexual Eric S. Raymond. Is this true?

Pooowdered Poooost Maaaaaan! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893803)

"Hey Powdered Post Man. We're all out of Powdered Post!"

Don't worry, leave everything to me!

F-P (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893717)

frost-piss

Re:F-P (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893989)

Your a dickhead.

And a loser.

Now fuck off

Wait a second (4, Funny)

enos (627034) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893722)

You mean to tell me that dragonball has nothing to do with sex?

Maybe you're thinking of the plural (1)

svvampy (576225) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893775)

One dragonball is very lonely until it finds another to love and cherish.

Re:Wait a second (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893876)

As in hyphenated 'drag-on-balls'? Yeah, weird, I'd think that would be related s*x (1) too?

[1] americans are so modest about bold words that I dare not type that 3-letter word unobfuscated. Try out various vowels and see if you find the real word!

Google goatse redirect is back! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893723)

Re:Google goatse redirect is back! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893783)

here's a better one, using "i'm feeling lucky".

i'm feeling something [google.com]

for more inspirational ideas, see here [slashdot.org]

Re:Google goatse redirect is back! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893846)

But that dosent work anymore ever since google removed goatse from the results, so I found a new way. now if I can only figure out a slashdot one....

http://zeitgeistw3.cjb.net (2, Redundant)

Istealmymusic (573079) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893725)

I found a [URL=http://zeitgeistw3.cjb.net]Zeitgeist W3[/URL] which implements the qualities described in this article. Hope this helps!

Re:http://zeitgeistw3.cjb.net (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893878)

This link gives me a 404 advert.

People who think in bbcode can bite my ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893949)

What the fuck is up with that shit?

Why recreate html as a more difficult to type language?

Re:People who think in bbcode can bite my ass (3, Funny)

netsharc (195805) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893962)

that's some lame markup language [icehousedesigns.com] that a certain PHP forum system has, which supposedly makes it easier to insert tags, but it's just like HTML.

But it does have it benefits. With that, you can disable HTML but this limited language is parsable to (non-annoying) HTML.

I'm sad (0)

unterderbrucke (628741) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893728)

"NFL (american football)"

GOD DAMMIT ROB YOU'RE DESTROYING A CIVILIZATION! INSTEAD OF WATCHING TV ON SUNDAY, WE SURF THE WEB!

Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted!
Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

Hurry! We can still influence the 2002 results! (5, Insightful)

dagg (153577) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893743)

Let's vote for a word or phrase and try to get it added to the 2002 results. I vote for: this [google.com].

If all goes well... we should see something like this:

December 15th, 2002: slashdot user calls on the world to search for the word
insert word here so as to manipulate the 2002 Zeitgeist results

Language Gestapo strikes!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893877)

search for the word insert word here

insert word here is a phrase.

Hmm... Spears included? (4, Funny)

mojotek (453004) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893746)

I would have shlopped Britney in there with the sex searches... There's no way she's number 4 without the slashdot crowd's celebrity nude searches.

Question (4, Funny)

bayankaran (446245) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893751)

CNN has a story about Lycos and its 50 top "searched for items of the year.

Wow, are there people searching using Lycos?

Re:Question (2, Interesting)

br0ck (237309) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893854)

And tonight's number one most popular Lycos search phrase, omitted by Lycos staff from the zeitgeist results, was... best search [lycos.com].

Google's first on the list.

Weight Watchers (2)

Cyclopedian (163375) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893755)

Kinda cool to see on the Google timeline, a large number of searches for Weight watchers after the new year's. Psychology of the masses?

And subsequent peaks on the Mondays that followed. I guess we feel the most guilt on Mondays and the least on Fridays.

-Cyc

ha ha (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893757)

How many losers are there trying using a search engine for 'Kazaa'?

Now, were they stupid enough not to get the client at Kazaa.com, or even dumber trying to search the P2P network at the search engine?

Re:ha ha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893960)

> How many losers are there trying using a search engine for 'Kazaa'?

How many losers are there using Lycos as their search engine?

Dragonball processor (5, Funny)

Denito (196701) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893758)


Wow, the world is much geekier than i thought.

however, when I want info about dragonball, I normally just search for '68000'.

Re:Dragonball processor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893910)

Wow, the world is much geekier than i thought.

Yeah, the "world" that uses the Internet the most.

This isn't voting. Each winner almost certainly got there by the same people constantly searching for similar things... and think about it:

Would the same group of people search for "dragonball" that would be online more than someone looking for, say, "recipes"?

Re:Dragonball processor (2, Funny)

modulo (172960) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893928)

Unless I'm horribly wrong (wouldn't be the first time. . .), more were looking for "Dragonball Z" than doing embedded programming.

It's a joke, get it?

Re:Dragonball processor (2)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893955)

Can someone explain what's so great about Dragonball Z? I watched it the other day and it seemed to be one hour-long 'fight' sequence (meaning, unimpressive cartoon special effects and new-move-of-the-week). Or is it a case of 'if you gotta ask, you'll never know'?

nonono... (2)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894047)

Wow, the world is much geekier than i thought.

They were searching for the the Anime "DragonBall Z" Which is about little kids figiting and stuff.

So you were wrong, the world is much, much, more geeky then you figured...

Google's year end Zeitgeist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893766)

Here is the link for Google's 2002 Year End Zeitgeist

http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.ht

Some Top 3 searched words are:

Top Destinations: Paris, Canada, New York
Top News Stories: World cup, Iraq, sniper
Top movies: Spiderman, harry Potter, Star Wars
Top TV Shows: The simpsons, big brother, the osbournes
Top games: the sims, counter strike, gta 3
Top retailers: Ikea, home depot, walmart

Re:Google's year end Zeitgeist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893788)

That link is
http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html

you forgot the ml

Woe as me (3, Insightful)

sx10 (615919) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893769)

It's a pretty sad state of affairs when spiderman and shakira are the most pressing issues people want to research on the internet.

Re:Woe as me (2)

back@slash (176564) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893849)

Yes things were so much better when internet users were concerned with the world trade center and anthrax

Re:Woe as me (3, Insightful)

hdparm (575302) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893887)

You are absolutelly right.

Statistics like this one tell us something, don't they? Average human being is mediocre who has very little interest in anything beyond basic needs and fun/amusement. People who realise this are able to communicate with masses, get their agenda out there and capitalise on it in various ways.

No wonder entertainment corporations make shitloads of money each and every year and fundamentalists of all flavours have so much followers - to name just a few consequences.

Re:Woe as me (2, Interesting)

il_diablo (574683) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893970)

Although drawing such conclusions is tempting, I have to play Devil's advocate. (As a side note, I agree that many people are mush-brained morons).

These are site engine searches. It's entirely possible that people are getting their information from directly entering a site's URL. After all, how often does one do a search for "CNN" or some such? News portals provide exactly that, one place to get news, (hopefully unbiased, but THAT'S a different thread) so that one doesn't need Lycos to find information.

Re:Woe as me (5, Interesting)

TeddyR (4176) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893984)

Think of who the driving forces on the internet are today.... excluding the sex factor (which actually is relevant...) the major "new" influx of people on the internet are the 12-22 year olds that take their broadband access for granted.

There are millions of college students who are entering "wired" dorms and campuses that give them huge amounts of bandwidth to download stuff... so their interests would definitly show up as a factor in the results...

Really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893772)

"Wow, are there people searching using Lycos?"

Now you know where CNN gets its news-scripts.

Thank God For Google (3, Funny)

Ignorant Aardvark (632408) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893789)

Seeing as how sex is #1, I'm glad that Google isn't giving up the huge amount of advertising bucks they're making by including ads from porn sites.

Neither "warez" nor "mp3" on the list (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893797)

Was this Top 100 sanitized for public consumption?

Or are people just too smart to use Lycos? ;-)

Yes, this and more from the slow news day file.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893799)

....and not that I'm complaining. That means that there are no new earthquakes or disasters or wars or buildings being blown up and Henry Kissinger is finally setting into the sunset with his billions.

"God is in his Holy Temple and all is right with the world.

from the Lycos FAQ... (5, Interesting)

updog (608318) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893808)

Prurient Content: We ignore pornographic, four-letter words and otherwise lewd queries, including names of decidedly adult film stars--unless such terms are driven by news events.

I think these types of searches would actually be more interesting to see categorized than the others. What sick and twisted things are people searching for? I wonder if this is categorized anywhere?

Re:from the Lycos FAQ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893825)

Well, I'm pretty sick and disgusting. Here's what I searched for:
Bukkake
Facial
Slap Happy
BDSM
Obese
Busty
Peter North, king of the cumshots
GW Bush

Re:from the Lycos FAQ...Media Distortion (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893874)

Prurient Content: We ignore pornographic, four-letter words and otherwise lewd queries, including names of decidedly adult film stars--unless such terms are driven by news events.

Why? Sexual content is no less valid than any other form of expression. It's obviously popular -- why isn't it represented equally in the study?

It's an obvious form of media bias -- a slur against the so-called "adult" industry. It's hipocracy -- children can see guns and violence at an early age, but people without clothes, or worse, humans having sex is "bad" for them.

I decry this media bias. It's clearly a conspiracy by the Storks and their Baby Delivery Monopoly.
--
AC

Re:from the Lycos FAQ... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893914)

Hmmh. What is so sick and twisted about pornography? There are actual sick and twisted things too, few of which relate to sexual material (some do sure, but those perversions are in minority and unlikely to hit top search spots).

Re:from the Lycos FAQ... (5, Interesting)

jesser (77961) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894017)

What sick and twisted things are people searching for?

Disturbing Search Requests [weblogs.com]: what blog owners find when looking through referrers in web server logs. These tend to be several-word searches, because single-word searches wouldn't take you to a random blog. Examples: "How to suck breasts", "build a giant robot", "cuntless otters", "worlds greatest asshole".

Google Adwords Keyword Suggestions [google.com]: type a search term, and it will give common multiple-word searches that include your term. If you type in "porn", the multiple-word searches are child porn, free porn, kiddie porn, chill porn, cartoon porn, porn stars, gay porn, kid porn, lego porn, sex porn, porn nude, moose porn, and lesbian porn.

Keyword City: 10 most popular search words for the Sex & Pornography category [keywordcity.com]. I don't know how reliable this site is. The top 10 are babe, sex, porn, hardcore, nude, xxx, anal, nudist, naked, and boob.

Metaspy Exposed [metaspy.com]: random searches on the Metacrawler search engine in real time. Because these are random, you may have to reload several times before you'll see any porn searches.

A side note (5, Interesting)

ealar dlanvuli (523604) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893810)

Also to be noted in the google stats is Mac's broke 5% of the total searches for the first time since google started publishing stats. They omitted this from the year end results, but if you check the archives you can see this.

Re:A side note (2)

IamTheRealMike (537420) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894039)

Also to be noted in the google stats is Mac's broke 5% of the total searches for the first time since google started publishing stats. They omitted this from the year end results, but if you check the archives you can see this.

More news from the alt platform crowd too - Linux was the 4th top technology search, beaten only by MP3, SMS and .... winzip?

In contrast, xbox and Microsoft were at 7 and 9 respectively. Mac didn't feature (I wonder what position it was at).

I guess that means there's a lot of interest in Linux but it's not being turned into actual installed user base. I think we already knew that though...

Lycos? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893813)

Who gives a fuck what Lycos searches are. Only dirty fucking backalley drunks and angry housewives still use that shit. People, "GOOGLE [google.com] has their 2002 Zeigeist. Why are you fucking around with this Lycos shit? Did I misread 2002, instead of retro fucking Internet 1996?

great...just great... (5, Funny)

CySurflex (564206) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893827)

I worked hard ALL year to get "Wild Donkey Bestialty Porn" to the top 10 search terms, only to have CNN factor it OUT of the statistics.

Re:great...just great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893845)

In Soviet Russia, Lycos indexes YOU.

Re:great...just great... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893988)

I worked hard ALL year to get "Wild Donkey Bestialty Porn" to the top 10 search terms, only to have CNN factor it OUT of the statistics.

No, I think they lumped that in with Britney Spears :-P

What google neglected to mention... (5, Funny)

Morgahastu (522162) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893835)

What google neglected to mention was the words the top search words were teamed up with: ...

2. "shakira" with "will compiling my own kernel get me ass like that"

3. "winter olympics" with "I can see your privates through that luge outfit" ...

5. "avril lavigne" with "what if i am attracted to a singer that looks like my daughter"

6. "star wars" with "askjeeves: will the next one suck?"

7. "eminem" with "hyprocritical dirty white skinny guy"

8. "american idol" with "please god kill me I watched it " ...

11. "natalie portman" with "candid nipple pics" ...

13. "trillian" with "when will this actually work properly" ...

15. "neverwinter nights" with "linux client when ??" ...

20. "ikea" with "crazy swedes"

Re:What google neglected to mention... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893922)

shakira is hot, has a 140 IQ, and hates silicone.

what could be sweeter

ummm.. nSync what? (2, Funny)

Zone-MR (631588) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893839)

"nSync *down* from 36 to 163"...

Damn, that must be a personal tradgedy for them ;)

Re:ummm.. nSync what? (1)

tigga (559880) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893961)

"nSync *down* from 36 to 163"... Damn, that must be a personal tradgedy for them ;)

Wellll, if they know what the Internet is...

Defying Everything (2, Interesting)

Malicious (567158) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893841)

Leave it to the Backstreet Boys, to be the first boyband, to tumble up.

Those guys will do anything for attention

Ask Jeeves (5, Informative)

jesser (77961) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893855)

Ask Jeeves also posted year-end search trends, but it picked different information to highlight than either Lycos or Google.

Yearly [irconnect.com]: frequent searches, news-related searches, health, CEO scandals, music artists, vacation destinations, products and brands.

For each of the top 5 news stories, the year-end page includes several popular questions related to the news. For example:

2. September 11th Memorial
-- How many people died on September 11, 2001?
-- Is 9-11 a holiday?
-- What events are taking place on September 11, 2002?

Weekly [ask.com]: frequent searches, general advancing queries, movies, and news.

Some of the advancing queries are questions ("What is Kwanzaa?") and some are searches ("Saint Nicholas"), but I don't know whether that difference reflects actual differences in the way people search on aj.com for different types of information.

Re:Ask Jeeves (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4894026)

I think someone from the government has been using it:

-- Where is Osama bin Laden?
-- Is Saddam Hussein planning terrorist attacks?

Linux more popular than Microsoft (5, Interesting)

updog (608318) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893858)

This is kinda interesting, although I've seen this before. Heh, FTP is more popular that Microsoft too :) I wonder if this type of thing scares Microsoft... Google Top Technology Searches: 1. mp3 2. sms 3. winzip 4. linux 5. ftp 6. dell 7. xbox 8. realplayer 9. microsoft 10. java

Re:Linux more popular than Microsoft (2, Interesting)

VoiceOfRaisin (554019) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893901)

actually thats pretty damn high considering the number of people that probably have microsoft.com as their start page from using IE.

these results arent very accurate anyways, a lot of people probably only search for things that dont show up at .com. microsoft.com is well known but linux.com and mp3.com may not have what the people were looking for.

Re:Linux more popular than Microsoft (2)

NineNine (235196) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893957)

I think that most people know that if you type in "Microsoft.com", you get what you want. Or, you've got Windows Update, or god knows how many links in their products that bring you to what you want. But type in "linux.com", and you get something that looks like the HTML Monster took a big shit on the page, all the while providing no good information or links or downloads or documentation or, well, anything. The site is pretty much Slashdot the Sequel.

Leave ms alone! AD rocks! (2)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893991)


The KCC is the Zen Master guru of Active Directory. It dynamically computed the best topology for my Active Directory. It does not bother me that I have 512 - T1 links for my WAN and that I still have AD replication failures. Sure my event log fills up with undecipherable errors, so what? The bottom line is, I am on the bleeding edge at all times. I am fully committed to this platform, no matter how much it pains my user base.

Over 30 comments posted... (3, Interesting)

Malfourmed (633699) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893861)

... and no mention that linux (at #4) outranks microsoft (at #9) on the google technology top 10 [google.com] list?

Or is this old news?

Re:Over 30 comments posted... (1)

Z0mb1eman (629653) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893894)

Or maybe most people know they can find Microsoft at (oddly enough) www.microsoft.com.

Then again, Kazaa being #2 might disprove my whole whacky "people are logical" theory.

why lycos search results are intresting.. (2)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893865)

..is because it's main user base is not totally geeky.

anyone totally geeky would know to use google..

all your google (3, Funny)

cheese_wallet (88279) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893866)

According to google's zeitgeist shtick, here [google.com] , the ever wonderful "all your base are belong to us" is in the top twenty declining queries for 2002.

Maybe this cycle of "all your xxx" is finally coming to a close.

Re:all your google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893969)

All your Maybe this cycle of "all your xxx" is finally coming to a close are belong to us.

But... (0)

Sayonara (633825) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893868)

...I'd be curious to know.

Is this a chart of total requests, or returned requests? (A breakdown of the terms people searched for full stop, or just of those that had search results returned to them?)

Interesting (5, Interesting)

Z0mb1eman (629653) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893880)

Interesting that Prom Dresses (39) is followed directly by Anorexia (40).

Coincidence?

Probably.

Room at the top. (5, Funny)

DoraLives (622001) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893884)

How about the biggest declines? Boy bands. nSync down from 36 to 163, and Back Street Boys tumble to 250 from 58.

While this might look like good news, it's not. It only means that cultural space is being made for even stupider things.

Dragonball? (1)

incom (570967) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893897)

I didn't know it was still so popular, after the downfall of such influential sites as planetnamek.com et all.

Chu Mei-Feng at #20 (3, Insightful)

The Moving Shadow (603653) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893898)

They can't really explain it properly on Lycos, but Taiwanese politician Chu Mei-Feng was ranked #20 on the Lycos search charts over the last year. Personally i have never heard of him, and i think the majority of the non asian people here too. Makes you figure how much asian sites and users make up the whole of the internet while we (read: I) surf only those pages with our western fonts.

Re:Chu Mei-Feng at #20 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4894012)

> Personally i have never heard of him

He's a she...she's a politician...she supposedly had sex with a married man...there's video.

finally (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893899)

Wow! Now this is a list of what's really importatnt in the world. I've been looking for something like this for a long time.

Am I out of touch...? (2)

NineNine (235196) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893933)

I don't even recognize a lot of those "fastest growing" searches. "shakira"? "avril"? "las ketchup"? "gareth"? Is there some secret underground culture that happens to be really popular that people aren't telling me about? Are these all things related to TV? I'm so confused.

Re:Am I out of touch...? (3, Informative)

MonTemplar (174120) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894001)

Yep, they're all music-related, to varying degrees of talent (and in Shakira's case, a tenuous grip on the English language to boot!)

Gareth Gates is the bloke who didn't win the UK's Pop Idol contest, but will probably outlast the winner, Will Young, by dint of having
  1. A decent singing voice.
  2. Not being gay, hence twice the potential audience.
  3. Having a discernable personality.

As for Las Ketchup, all I know is that I've somehow managed to avoid hearing this all year long. But I bet that if you play it backwards you get Osama Bin Laden saying 'Ha Ha Ha! Ya Missed Me!' :)

MT.

Re:Am I out of touch...? (1)

NineNine (235196) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894020)

Ah, thanks. Just what I suspected. No TV and no radio are what did it. And, I'm guessing that I should be glad that I don't know who these people are. There hasn't been any good pop music since Michael Jackson's Thriller. (I'm assuming that these *are* pop musicians? rap maybe? country?)

Re:Am I out of touch...? (1)

Coke in a Can (577836) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894025)

I had no idea what Las Ketchup was, and Gareth?, but if you don't recognize Shakira or Avril Lavigne, yes, you are out of touch.

Yahoo! (2, Interesting)

foo1752 (555890) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893937)

Yahoo! gathers these same search statistics on a weekly basis. You can check it out here [yahoo.com]. They've also compiled the total 2002 results here [yahoo.com]. Of course, their results aren't really much different from everyone elses.

Missing results (2)

flogger (524072) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893950)

Going over the articles I was suprised at this:
The new year isn't here yet, but Schatz is already predicting that the biggest movie of 2003 - based on the high number of searches -- will be the sequel to The Matrix.
My initial reacion was, "No Lord of the Rings?" I guess Orlando Bloom is part of that. or maybe Ring fans don't do searches. They probably just have The One Ring.Net already bookmarked.
Or maybe Lycos isn;t that good of an indicator of Web trends. (I haven't been to Lycos for about 5 years.)

who use lycos ? aliens ? (1)

SpiritC (163392) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893966)

that list doesnt sound normal to me. dradonball in first ? im not a fan of dragonball but... i doubt its the most "important" thing on the web.

Completely incomplete without porn. (5, Insightful)

NineNine (235196) | more than 11 years ago | (#4893978)

I hate to say it, but this is completely useless since they stripped out anything objectionable. I didn't see porn or sex or anything relating to sex on there at all. This is like the "sanitized for TV" version of the stats, which in my mind, aren't really stats at all.

good joke (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893979)

sex as No1 excluded? no, I guess it means that all searchterms associated with sex are excluded as well, like No2 porn, No3 horny teens, No4 cumshots, ... and the other 200 topsearched words before Dragonball finally shows up.

- t

Why factor out sex? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4893994)

After all *these* are the most searched for terms
and not dragonball or kazaa of whatever. I will never understand the hypocricy of US people towards this.

Don't be alarmed (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4894004)

Seeing the high scoring searches may give a gloomy outlook towards the future of civilization but don't worry. Only stupid people would be using lycos and that skews the results a bit. Kind of like how the police take their seatbelt usage samples /at the roadblocks/ and claim their efforts increase seatbelt usage.

Sex (2)

Rosonowski (250492) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894009)

Simple reasoning that they didn't "feel the need to list" sex. "Kazaa".

Same thing, right? Well, at least I see them as such. Mmm... pr0n.

No Geeks in the top 10 (2)

StarTux (230379) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894010)

Time to really start hitting google for Linus, CMdrTaco and others, so next year one of them ends up in the top 10 list.

StarTux

What about google? (4, Interesting)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894022)

You know its weird, google has so much more traffic then Lycos, and they are the ones who coined the term 'Zeitgeist' to refer to perotic web-search stats reports. (I.e the 'Google Zeitgeist'). In fact, Google just released their Zeitgeist for 2k2 [google.com] a couple days ago, but I've been seeing the Lycos thing all over the place.

I guess Terra-Lycos, being a true media company rather then search-only knows how to play the PR game better. Ah well.

Ah well. Typing the term 'zeitgeist' over and over has really messed with my head...

I propose a crusade for next year! (2, Funny)

eggnogg (626735) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894024)

I think we need to proppel "wigs and hairpieces" into the top ten most searched. I suggest taking a few moments out of each day to search for some new head attire.
Now go forth and spread the word.

egg

And on Slashdot? (2)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894027)

There should be a Slashdot zeitgeist listing the most common words (and sequences of two or more words, using some weird statistical algorithm possibly mentioning 'Markov chains' although I have no idea what they are) appearing in comments.

(Maybe with long identical sequences removed to reduce the weighting given to multiple identical troll postings.)

Al Gore? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4894048)

Did anyone ever hear the tearm Zeitgeist before Al Gore said it a few weeks ago?

Here is an article about his comments:
http://www.washtimes.com/national/20021 128-1259112 3.html

What about internet2? (3, Insightful)

TeddyR (4176) | more than 11 years ago | (#4894049)

What about sites that are located in internet2. Wasnt that supposed have been created by the major research universities as a result of the commercialism of the "Regular" internet?

http://www.internet2.edu/

Many universities now have their own internal search engines that their students connect to... Many of those searches are not factored in these results either.

Many users go directly to their most used sites like cnn.com or espn.com and search for what they want there. Those results may not be factored in to the google or lycos results...

Then comes places like AOL that still have millions of users that do searches from within the AOL client which are not factored in either...

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