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February 21, 2007

Grammys, Gamers Dominate Google Weekly Zeitgeist

Google Announces Top 10 Gainers for the Week Ending February 17th

It's still wintry enough for Google.com users to stick to the couch, and that's what people did this week. The annual music awards show [grammys] last Sunday night proved to be a popular search query, as did the evening's big winners the [dixie chicks], who are ready to make nice after sweeping the awards. Another high point for music fans: seeing [the police] reunited after 20 years to kick off the show (and an upcoming summer tour). And another couch-based activity: videogames. This week European pre-sales for the Sony [PS3] peaked, and Nintendo [wii] fans checked out the new "Everybody Votes" channel on the website.

Newsmakers this week included Barack [obama], whose presidential campaign is taking wing. (A search on Google News results in stories at every cross-country stop, it seems.) More titillating for some, perhaps, was the news that former Air Force sergeant [Michelle Manhart] has been demoted for appearing in Playboy. Dog lovers reveled in the definitive [westminster dog show], held at Madison Square Garden this week, which recognized James, a 6-year-old English Springer Spaniel, as best in show. Finally, reports of salmonella-related illness caused the FDA to invoke a [peanut butter recall] for a particular lot of the Peter Pan brand. But of course, nothing trumps the yearly festival of hearts; [valentine's day] was the fastest-rising search query this week.

For breaking news and obscure information alike, people around the world search on Google. What follows is a summary of Google Zeitgeist results for the top gainers on Google.com, when comparing search queries that have risen by a significant percentage for the week of February 11-17, 2007.

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

Google.com Gainers
  1. valentine's day
  2. Michelle Manhart
  3. grammys
  4. peanut butter recall
  5. dixie chicks
  6. obama
  7. westminster dog show
  8. the police
  9. PS3
  10. wii