Happy New Year. And what are the top ten stories being clicked on at MSNBC? Amanda Knox’s deadly exchange. Who’s Who Student murdered in Italy. Photos: Terror at home for Connecticut family. Who killed Stacy Peterson? To catch a predator. The reals story behind “Alpha Dog.” Phil Spector evidence photos. Predator goes to Kentucky. Palladium murder photo gallery. Photos: Death in the Hollywood Hills.
Seriously? Is this seriously what Americans consider the most popular pages on MSNBC? Does MSNBC do something to market these murderous stories and photos so everyone is so interested in them? Shouldn’t we all be disturbed that the top stories grabbing American attention are all about killing and mayhem? Jesus. Something is really messed up about that. There must be something at the site that encourages people to choose these stories. I cannot yet fathom that these are the top story views by choice. I would think a more accurate measure of what people are searching for would be the top ten google searches. Then people would, of their own accord, be entering the information into the search engine and not having it flashing in their faces begging them to click. Google is good that way, with its lack of ads and fanfare.
Well. So I did a google search for the top ten google searches and came up with an interesting page analyzing the year 2007 and the searches done throughout the year and the top searches, both by U.S. and by the world. They calculate the top searches as rising and falling. For the world, the top risers are iphone, badoo, facebook, dailymotion, webkinz, youtube, ebuddy, second life, hi5, and club penguin. The fastest US risers are iphone, webkinz, tmz, transformers, youtube, club penguin, myspace, heroes, facebook, and Anna Nicole Smith.
Well. There are many searches on these lists for things I have never even heard of, so I must not be in line with the rest of the world population. I’m not “with it” if you will. However, I can count myself among the top US searchers on youtube and myspace. Myspace I use so I don’t have to type it in the URL. Pure laziness on my part because from google’s response I can click right into wherever I want. And Youtube needs no explanation. I’m shocked Club Penguin is on here. Milla loves it. I have to convince her not to play it after she’s been to visit non-Waldorf friends. I would not have known it was so popular. I do not know what badoo, dailymotion, webkinz, ebuddy, second life, hi5, or tmz are. I am going to have to search those, thereby increasing their search popularity, just so I can find out what they are.
There are fallers from the list as well. World Cup tops this list, followed by mozart, fifa, rebelde, kazaa, xanga, webdetente, sudoku, shakira, and mp3. I do not know what fifa, rebelde, kazaa, and shakira are, although I think shakira might be a singer. My goodness, I’m frighteningly out of touch, aren’t I? I’m surprised mozart is on this list, not because it’s going down, but because he is on the list at all.
For anyone who cares, I found this information at: http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/zeitgeist2007/
Well it is officially 2008 on the west coast so I can now head to bed. This blog has the notoriety of having been started in one year and completed in another. Makes it sound as if I spent a good deal of time on it, rather than about 21 minutes.
What an interesting post. I have been wondering about these same stories but too lazy to do the research. TMZ is a site for gossip about Hollywood celebs. It broke the Mel Gibson DUI story etc.
Happy new year.