Nick Berg #1
You don’t say: Nick Berg is Number One Search Term With Web Users
Nick Berg (#1) has been the number one search term on The Lycos 50 since
mid-week last week. During the first 48 hours following news of the Nick Berg
execution, the top 10 search requests Web users were specifically searching
for regarding Berg were: Nick Berg video, Nick Berg Beheading, Nick Berg and
Iraq, Nick Berg Execution, Nick Berg Beheading Video, Nick Berg Killing, Nick
Berg murder, Nick Berg assassination, Nick Berg decapitation video, and
execution of Nick Berg. Late last week, Web users became focused on seeking
out, finding, and watching the actual execution video and searches began
emerging for: find Nick Berg video, watch Nick Berg beheading, and Nick Berg
video link. Nick Berg-related searches are so prevalent that they dwarf all
other searches, including the consistent pop-culture leaders. Over the past
week, Nick Berg searches were 24 times higher than Britney Spears (#4), Paris
Hilton (#6), and Clay Aiken (#5).
This is obviously not news to bloggers. I’d be interesting in seeing comparative data, though–how much search interest was there in this compared to other popular searches in the last year or so?