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Everyone is searching for Britney

Google has released details of what the online community was surfing for in 2001.

With 150 million queries going through the search engine every day, the results give a fairly good indication of who and what has been grabbing the world's attention during the past 12 months.

It is no surprise that pop startlet Britney Spears tops the list of most-searched-for woman and Harry Potter tops the film league - bearing in mind that the Lord of the Rings hype did not kick in until December - but what is middle-ranking tennis player Anna Kournikova doing as number one sporting query?

Life on the Web: top Google queries 2001

Top five queries (rising)
1. Nostradamus
2. CNN
3. World Trade Center
4. Harry Potter
5. Anthrax

Top five queries (declining)
1. Pokemon
2. Olympics
3. Vote
4. Gnutella
5. Napster

Women
1. Britney Spears
2. Pamela Anderson
3. Jennifer Lopez
4. Madonna
5. Aaliyah

Men
1. Nostradamus
2. Osama Bin Laden
3. Eminem
4. Michael Jackson
5. Howard Stern

Films
1. Harry Potter
2. Lord of the Rings
3. Final Fantasy
4. Tomb Raider
5. Shrek

Video games
1. Counterstrike
2. The Sims
3. Operation Flashpoint
4. Moorhuhn 3
5. Wolfenstein
Products
1. Windows XP
2. X Box
3. Playstation 2
4. Gamecube
5. Nokia 5510

Bands
1. Beatles
2. U2
3. Nsync
4. Backstreet Boys
5. Linkin Park

Sport
1. Anna Kournikova
2. Tour de France
3. Dale Earnhardt
4. Wimbledon
5. US Open

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This was first published in January 2002

 

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