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January 5, 2004 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Search Engines Release Year-End Results

Google released its annual report, called the 2003 Year-End Zeitgeist (http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist2003.html), which it says "offers a unique perspective on the year's major events and hottest trends based on more than 55 billion searches conducted over the past year by Google users from around the world." Categories include popular queries for different regions, popular image searches, popular queries for travel, sports, fiction, movies, brands, and more. Archived data for previous years are available.

Lycos released its Web's Most Wanted 2003 (http://50.lycos.com/2003review.asp). The file-swapping software KaZaA took the spot as number one search term of 2003 with Web users. But, more than just a list, Lycos provides interesting analyses and commentary on the trends. For example, commenting on the Iraq War, the 15th most popular topic, it stated: "The Internet also significantly changed the way people followed the Iraq War because of the availability of foreign news sources offering differing opinions of the actions taken by the United States. Lycos users searched for newspapers from around the world, such as Le Monde, Arab News, and The Jerusalem Post."

Yahoo! also released its "Top Searches 2003" (http://search.yahoo.com/top2003), which also shows KaZaA taking the top spot. (By the way, KaZaA doesn't even appear on the Google lists.) It also provided some different top 10 lists, including tech searches, diet searches, rumor searches, and the top lyric searches, as well as the five most common misspellings of Arnold Schwartzenegger (oops, that's Schwarzenegger).

Sources: Google, Lycos, Yahoo!



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