iPhone tops Yahoo's year in search

— -- An object, not a person or event, was the top-searched topic on Yahoo this year.

The iPhone led all search queries, besting a reality TV star's abbreviated marriage and the notorious defendant in a made-for-tabloid-TV trial.

Yahoo announced the findings as part of its 10th annual Year in Review (yearinreview.yahoo.com), which identifies the top stories and trends of the year based on nearly 700 million monthly unique visitors on its network and their billions of online searches.

The iPhone's status marks the first time a product landed in the top spot since Kazaa in 2003. Last year, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the most searched.

Fittingly, many of the mobile searches on Yahoo this year were from iPhones and about iPhones. Powerball was second, followed by Major League Baseball, a popular app on the iPhone.

The death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was not among the top-10 searches this year.

In other results, Danica Patrick finished ahead of Tiger Woods as the most-searched athlete; Sarah Palin out-polled President Obama in the category for politicians; and Charlie Sheen was the top "obsession."


1. iPhone2. Casey Anthony3. Kim Kardashian4. Katy Perry5. Jennifer Lopez6. Lindsay Lohan7. American Idol8. Jennifer Aniston9. Japan earthquake10. Osama bin Laden