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June 13, 2006

Shiloh, Summer Sports Dominate Weekly Google Zeitgeist

Top 15 Gainers for the Week Ending June 12

Predictably, Google users last week avidly searched for any and all World Cup news. Other sports fans following the horses (Belmont Stakes), tennis (Nicole Vaidisova) and even a U.S. football star (Ben Roethlisberger) made their play for information too. In the political realm, a American pundit (Ann Coulter) and an Iraqi insurgent (Zarqawi) ranked high. But the week's winner for frequency in this list is a baby girl (Shiloh), whose first photos with her mega-watt parents were released around the world.

For breaking news and obscure information alike, people around the world search on Google. Below is a summary of the Google Zeitgeist results for the top 15 gainers on Google.com when comparing search queries that have risen by a significant percentage for the week of June 5-12.

For more information, visit the Google Zeitgeist at http://www.google.com/zeitgeist.

Google.com Gainers

  1. 2006 world cup - every 4 years, the global football fest triggering much obsessive and raucous behavior kicked off June 2; 32 countries are competing across Germany
  2. heather mills - unsavory U.K. tabloid reports continue to surface about Sir Paul McCartney's soon-to-be ex-wife's past exploits (reports say she plans to sue)
  3. shiloh - the newest single-name celebrity on the scene was born May 27 in Namibia; the first photos of her with parents Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt appeared in publications last week
  4. people magazine - Jolie & Pitt sold the rights of the first photos of Shiloh to Getty Images, with all proceeds going to charity; the weekly People paid a reported $4 million for North American rights, and the photos ran in their June 19 issue (available June 2)
  5. zarqawi - al-Qaeda Iraqi leader Abu Musab Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. aerial attack on June 8
  6. ann coulter - controversial conservative pundit has drawn fire for recent remarks criticizing the widows of 9/11; she will appear on the same"Tonight" Show with left-wing comedian George Carlin June 7
  7. billy preston - keyboard player and songwriter sometimes called "The Fifth Beatle" died at age 59 of respiratory complications in Scottsdale, AZ on June 8
  8. ben roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, 24, suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident June 12
  9. belmont stakes - 3-year-old colt Jazil won the famed final leg in horse racing's Triple Crown on June 10
  10. national hurricane center - hurricane season began last week, prompting more searches about Alberto and other brewing storms from this Miami-based arm of the National Weather Service
  11. hello magazine - the British equivalent to People Magazine paid for the European rights to the Shiloh photos
  12. evolution of dance - YouTube sensation Jason Laipply has gotten a recent round of news stories for busting a move in a popular video clip that has been watched 18 million times since it first appeared in April
  13. nicole vaidisova - Czech tennis star reached the semi-finals and improved her overall ranking by beating Venus Williams June 6 at the French Open before losing to Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova
  14. janice dickinson - a new reality show premiered on the Oxygen cable channel June 5 starring this model and celebrity aspirant, receiving fairly poor reviews
  15. windows vista - a test version of the new Microsoft operating system released last week proved almost too popular for the company's servers, so it has limited download access for the time being