Michael Jackson Tops Google, Yahoo in Worldwide Search

Twitter tops in U.S. in 2009.

Last Updated: December 3, 2009 @ 9:02 AM

The death of Michael Jackson in June launched a frenzy of Web activity and propelled the late pop star to the top of the search charts for 2009.

According to Google’s Zeitgeist findings, "Michael Jackson" was the "fastest rising" worldwide search term of 2009. In the U.S., "Michael Jackson" placed second behind "Twitter." Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search products and user experience, in a blog post also pointed to an up-and-coming music sensation:

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