Top Mobile Searches, Viral Videos of 2008

    December 1, 2008
    WebProNews Staff

Tis the season for top ten lists and year-in-review reporting. Not to be left out, AOL released an extensive list of Internet chart-toppers, this one focusing on mobile search and Web video in addition to top overall searches.
Top Mobile Searches, Viral Videos of 2008
Just like with Yahoo’s release of top searches, Britney Spears was at the top of the collective mind, again. Britney Spears has topped the most-search-for lists seven out of the last eight years. Other celebrities following in Britney’s choreographed footsteps were Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and Oprah Winfrey.

“What people are searching for online is a strong reflection of what’s captivating their attention offline and throughout their daily lives,” said John Kannapell, Senior Vice President of AOL Search. “While the economy and the elections grabbed the majority of headlines and consumers’ mindshare this year, America’s continuing obsession with celebrities and pop culture were also clearly evident across Web, mobile and video searches.”

Outside the celebrity realm, Barack Obama was the name to beat, topping AOL’s newsmaker category. Sarah Palin was the second top newsmaker, followed by the so-called pregnant man (let’s be honest, not a man), Hillary Clinton, and John McCain.

Especially interesting were AOL’s top mobile searches and viral video searches, offering some unique insight into what users on the go are looking for, and what types of videos grab their attention.
Top Mobile Searches, Viral Videos of 2008
Top Mobile Searches

Top mobile search terms: 1) Dictionary; 2) Weather; 3) Games; 4) Maps; 5) Lyrics; 6) University; 7) Movies; 8) Calendar; 9) Zip Codes; 10) Horoscopes

Top movies: 1) Juno; 2) High School Musical; 3) The Dark Knight; 4) Iron Man; 5) Indiana Jones; 6) Sex and the City; 7) Jumper; 8) No Country for Old Men; 9) Hancock; 10) Kung Fu Panda.
Top Mobile Searches, Viral Videos of 2008
Top musicians: 1) The Jonas Brothers; 2) David Cook; 3) Chris Brown; 4) Mariah Carey; 5) Lil Wayne; 6) Rihanna; 7) Madonna; 8) Amy Winehouse; 9) Beyonce; 10) Taylor Swift.

Top (US) travel destinations: 1) Las Vegas; 2) Myrtle Beach; 3) Chicago; 4) Boston; 5) New York; 6) Washington, DC; 7) Niagara Falls; 8) Key West; 9) San Francisco; 10) Atlanta

Top international travel destinations: 1) Dubai; 2) Australia; 3) London; 4) Aruba; 5) Bermuda; 6) Cancun; 7) Jamaica; 8) Cabo San Lucas; 9) Paris; 10) Punta Cana
Top Mobile Searches, Viral Videos of 2008
Top music videos: 1) “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis; 2) “No Air” by Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown; 3) “Whatever You Like” by T.I.; 4) “Womanizer” by Britney Spears; 5) “Disturbia” by Rihanna; 6) “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay; 7) “7 Things” by Miley Cyrus; 8) “Pork and Beans” by Weezer; 9) “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.; 10) “I Kissed A Girl” by Katy Perry

Top live TV moments: 1) Barack Obama’s victory speech in Chicago; 2) The U.S. men’s swim team winning the 4×100 meter relay in the Beijing Olympics; 3) Saturday Night Live’s Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton parody; 4) The New York Giants game-winning touchdown against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII 5) David Cook performing “Billie Jean” on American Idol; 6) Mixed martial arts fighter Kimbo Slice losing to Seth Petruzelli; 7) Usain Bolt’s world-record breaking win in the 200 meter track final in the Beijing Olympics; 8) The debut of the Jimmy Kimmel and Ben Affleck music video; 9) Katie Couric’s interview with Sarah Palin; 10) John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention

Top diets: 1) Flat Belly Diet; 2) Weight Watchers; 3) Jenny Craig; 4) South Beach Diet; 5) Three-Day Diet; 6) Mediterranean Diet; 7) DASH Diet; 8) Atkins Diet; 9) Medifast Diet; 10) Fat Smash Diet

Top 5 Viral Video Searches from Truveo:

1.’s “Yes, We Can”
2.    Paris Hilton Responds to John McCain Ad
3.    Fred Goes Swimming
4.    Kobe Jumps Over Car
5.    Valentina Hasan Sings “Ken Lee”