August Search Trends: Kermit, McNuggets, and Back to School

  • Posted August 31st, 2010 at 1:33 pm by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Search Trends

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy, but at Yahoo! Search we’ve been busy fielding queries about everything from Kermit the Frog to Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Early in the month US users showed interest in Ramadan, the month of fasting which began on the evening of the 10th. Searchers looked for the meaning of Ramadan, activities for children, and even “Ramadan text messages.” Searchers on Yahoo! also looked for biography, commercials for Ben Quayle, son of former VP Dan, as he takes the GOP congressional primary in Arizona.

Celebrities (and their children) continued to fascinate searchers throughout August, and we saw spikes in queries about Montana Fishburne’s adventures in adult entertainment, Tiger and Elin Woods’ pricey divorce, and the on-again-off-again relationship of Bristol Palin and Levi Johnson. Also on users’ radar were Lindsay Lohan‘s release from rehab and singer Fantasia‘s tumultuous personal life.

Human drama around the globe captured the attention of the many Yahoo! users who wanted more information about the catastrophic floods in Pakistan and the plight of the trapped Chilean miners. Searches for “map of Chile” jumped 60 percent in the last week of August, and searches for “trapped miner update” continue to spike through the past two weeks.

Drama of another kind was also popular as shown by the surge in searches for the McNugget rage video and for information about JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, whose show-stopping exit from flight 1052 may lead to a whole new career in reality television.

Yahoo! Mobile Searchers were busy this month, too, tapping in queries about topics ranging from floppy haired teen favorite Justin Bieber and the NFL preseason to more serious subjects including California’s Proposition 8 and the 14th Amendment of the US constitution.

As August ended, we saw searches about the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina as well as in the upcoming hurricane season. Searches on Kermit the Frog spiked with the announcement that the original puppet will be displayed at the Smithsonian – proving that it is easy being green! And users who couldn’t wait for fall were already inquiring about back to school searches like lunch box recipes and costume ideas for Halloween. It’s not too early to plan for Halloween, even for the tiniest trick-or-treaters: searches for “baby Halloween costumes” spiked over 720% in August.

Can’t wait for our monthly recap? You can check out the weekly Yahoo! Trends segment on ABC News. This week, Yahoo!s Pamela Woon dishes on popular search topics like Puppy Tweet and the Emmys.

Check back often at the Yahoo! Search Blog’s Search Trends section to find out what’s buzzing on the web.

Mireille Majoor
Yahoo! Search Blog

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