January 10th, 2001
Source: The Toronto Star newspaper - Jan 9th issue - Boom! section
Search her, baby, one more time. Or search for Britney Spears millions of times, which Web surfer apparently did. In a year that saw the closest U.S. presidential election in history, the completion of the human genome, and the human drama of Elian Gonzalez, teen music star Spears was the most popular search term for both the Yahoo and Lycos search engines. George W. Bush? On Lycos, heâ€™s No. 76. The year-end list are one way to track the pulse of pop culture but usually they end up resembling the inventory of posters in a typical teenagerâ€™s bedroom. Therefore, youâ€™ll find *NSYNC, the World Wrestling Federation and Naptster on the top of the lists. The lists also indicate just who is using these search engines, which is why 'Election 2000' was 12th on Lycos list, while 'Dragon Ball Z,' a Japanese anime show, and Pokemon were second and third respectively. Aaron Schatz, who writes The Lycos 50, a daily listing of that search engineâ€™s most popular terms, says the Webâ€™s generally younger audience may give a skewed view of the state of pop culture. An older presence is indeed there, he notes, as shown by 'tattoos' (No. 7), 'Las Vegas' (No. 13) and 'the IRS' (No. 23). At least, thatâ€™s what he suspects. 'I hope those arenâ€™t all teens looking for NFL odds,' he says. In the year-and-a-half life of the Lycos report, some things are constant. Pamela Anderson, for example, never has dropped below No. 20. Among this yearâ€™s surprises, says Schatz: The Summer Olympics were searched for more times than Election 2000, and the show Big Brother outpaced Survivor.
The real shocker, though, was that *NSYNC overtook the Backstreet Boys, at least in search-term popularity â€“ which brings to mind another term that perhaps should have been in the Top 10, but wasnâ€™t: recount.
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