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Top Searches of 2002

Ask Jeeves has released its lists of the top searches of 2002. Three of the categories are listed below:

  • News
    1. West Nile wirus
    2. September 11th memorial
    3. Enron scandal
    4. Osama bin Laden
    5. Saddam Hussein
  • Music artists
    1. Eminem
    2. Avril Levigne
    3. Britney Spears
    4. Nelly
    5. Jennifer Lopez
  • Products
    1. Harry Potter books
    2. TiVo
    3. Dragon Ball Z
    4. PlayStation 2
    5. DVD players
The vast majority of Ask Jeeves' users must be in the US, because the list is heavily biased in that direction. With that said...

The news items seem fine. The music artists make me feel old-fashioned -- I have this desire to listen to musicians who write their own songs. As for the products, it's exciting to see TiVo listed as number two -- they must be doing jumping jacks at TiVo headquarters today. Incidentally, Xbox held the number eight position on the product list, and GameCube didn't register at all. To my mind, that's probably a reasonable indicator of the future prospects of the three game consoles.

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