2008

Top 10 Searches for 2008

Britney Spears The singer’s steep trajectory to redemption restored her to the top of searches. Her year began with a police visit, hospital stay, and psych evaluation. She returned under her father’s shelter and, by summer, settled...

Flashback: A 2008 vs. 2007 Analysis

Vera H-C Chan, Buzz Log senior editor The Web equivalent of reading tea leaves, at least here at Yahoo!, is sifting through billions of searches. From last year’s frenzy of queries about the Wii, Britney Spears’ shaven-headed outburst,...

A Searching Look

Welcome to Yahoo! Year in Review 2008, in which a bunch of editors and engineers sift through what made the news and stimulated people’s curiosity. OK, enough with that: Here’s the real scoop. The “How We Measure Searches”...

Top 10 Farewells

Everyone’s time comes up sooner or later, and a personality’s passing prompts respect be paid to his or her legacy. Departures that shock the Web world—like that of wildlife expert and TV personality Steve Irwin in 2006—are those who...

Top 10 Economy

It is the economy. The $700 billion bailout. Foreclosures. The plummeting stock market. As 2008 came to a close, the nation’s economic turmoil battled with the presidential election for the hearts of searchers. IRS Stimulus Checks Oil Prices...

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