BP Oil Disaster "more popular" than World Cup, American Idol, Justin Bieber (CHART)


The most popular web search of 2010? It's the BP oil spill, Houston Chronicle Blog, December 01, 2010

It's more popular than Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. People were more curious about it than the iPad or American Idol. There was more worldwide interest in it than in the World Cup or the Super Bowl.

So what is IT?

It — the most popular web search of the year on the search engine Yahoo! — is the BP oil spill.

Yes, the environmental and economic disaster in the Gulf of Mexico piqued the interest of more Internet users than any other story of the year, any celebrity or any event...

"In 2010 consumers watched the BP disaster unfold like a slow-motion horror film," said Vera Chan, senior editor and Web trend analyst for Yahoo!

Top Searches on Yahoo! in 2010

1. BP oil spill
2. World Cup
3. Miley Cyrus
4. Kim Kardashian
5. Lady Gaga
6. iPhone
7. Megan Fox
8. Justin Bieber
9. American Idol
10. Britney Spears 

5 comments to BP Oil Disaster "more popular" than World Cup, American Idol, Justin Bieber (CHART)

  • uncomfortablynumb

    You got to be kidding me!

    If so, it doesn't seem to be soaking in to the general populace mindset in other areas
    of the country.

    No concern in church speak, local newspapers, local tv: it's business as usual.

    Anderson Cooper 360 was the only major coverage that I have observed.And that's already water under the bridge.

    And if people are following on You Tube they are staying mum in the comment section unless I have been looking at the wrong sites.

  • C.Dodds

    Well, we can use the above information to e-mail media sites with the ten favourites listed above. Doing this might convince them that they are not catering to the publlic interest, and that they need to place more emphasis on the Gulf situation.
    This following address gives main world media webpages which lead to e-mail addresses etc.:

    http://www.thepaperboy.com/

  • I'm truly shocked that that is the case, and yet our FOSL website gets so few reads per article/per day.

  • Gary

    Why is this site here?

    The only people who reply are idiots.

    Take this site down, is BP paying for it?

  • soozla

    No-BP is part of a computer generated ad system. Top left- shows this site is trying to have the ads removed.
    Idiots? well.. only time will tell who the real idiots are.

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