Saturday, June 27, 2009

Official Google Blog: Outpouring of searches for the late Michael Jackson

Outpouring of searches for the late Michael Jackson

Search volume began to increase around 2:00pm, skyrocketed by 3:00pm, and stabilized by about 8:00pm. As you can see in Google Hot Trends, many of the fastest rising search queries from yesterday and today have been about Michael Jackson's passing (others pertained to the death of another cultural icon, Farrah Fawcett). People who weren't near a computer yesterday turned to their mobile phones to check on breaking news. We saw one of the largest mobile search spikes we've ever seen, with 5 of the top 20 searches about the Moonwalker.

The spike in searches related to Michael Jackson was so big that Google News initially mistook it for an automated attack. As a result, for about 25 minutes yesterday, when some people searched Google News they saw a "We're sorry" page before finding the articles they were looking for.

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  1. This is funny. I guess this is as big as the death of Elvis.

  2. hi, nice to have such an opportunity - i would love to leave a comment about (what's this about?) and in return have one on mine. i'm new to the idea of fawning over a suspected pedophile, no matter how talented, or unusual he is.. the father's to blame i say !! ... - it's supposed to be a silly, nonsensical look at the world around me as i see it ... maybe i should include mj