Top 10 Bing Searches of 2009

Microsoft's search engine announces 10 most-searched topics of 2009.

November 30, 2009, 11:52 AM

Nov. 30, 2009— -- So what did the world search for online this year?

It's still November, but Microsoft's search engine Bing has already unveiled its list of the top 10 search topics of 2009. Google and Yahoo reveal their own lists Tuesday.

While we wait, here is Bing's list of the top trending topics of 2009:

10) Jaycee Dugard: In 1991, 11-year-old Dugard was kidnapped near her family's home in California. This summer, after 18 years in captivity, she made national news when she was reunited with her family.

9) Billy Mays: The television pitchman died in June of heart disease.

8) Jon and Kate Gosselin: The ongoing television saga of Jon and Kate Gosselin (and their eight children) went on almost all year.

7) Cash for Clunkers: The federal government's popular car incentive plan drew crowds to dealerships across the country and, apparently, the Internet too.

Celebrities Among Bing's Most-Searched Topics of 2009

6) Patrick Swayze: Swayze, well-known for his roles in "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost," died of pancreatic cancer in September.

5) Farrah Fawcett: Online interest in the American actress and one-time sex symbol surged this summer. After a battle with cancer, Fawcett died in June at age 62.

4) Stock Market: The country may be on the road to economic recovery, but the stock market and the recession were still sources of anxiety in 2009.

3) Swine Flu: Although some reports say the virus is down in many U.S. states, millions still look for news on the H1N1 pandemic.

2) Twitter: The micro-blogging site made headlines this year for attracting the attention of celebrities such as Aston Kutcher and Oprah Winfrey, and also for shaping the course of history. When hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets this summer to protest election results there, headlines around the world called it the "Twitter Revolution."

1) Michael Jackson: Even in death, the King of Pop continued to set new records. The moment the world learned he had died, fans converged online to search for information, listen to music and exchange memories. In addition to topping Bing's list of most-popular searches, online activity after Jackson's death broke records for Web site traffic and digital downloads.

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