Osama bin Laden Searches Spike Nearly 100,000% Just on Yahoo

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It really is astounding to see the impact the killing of Osama bin Laden has had not only on the country and the world, but on the web. As previously noted, Osama-related searches have been dominating Google Trends - accounting for the entire top 20 list that Google shares. Even about two hours later, this still appears to be the case.

WebProNews received an email from Yahoo with some more interesting Osama search trend nuggets. I'll simply post them as they were presented to us:

  • On Yahoo! searches for Osama Bin Laden spiked 98,550% Sunday
  • Searches for September 11th spiked 1009% Sunday on Yahoo!
  • President Bush searches are spiking 302% on Yahoo!
  • People are very curious for details from Pakistan. Searches for “Pakistan Map” are spiking  2594% and “Pakistan News” are spiking 610% on Yahoo!.

People want to see the newspaper covers in Pakistan, searches for “Pakistan newspapers” are up 160%

  • There is interest on Yahoo! in how this news will impact President Obama’s approval rating. Searches are up 119%
  • Searches that are *off the charts on Yahoo! (Sunday data):

- 911 Attack

- 911 Conspiracy

- Obama Speech/Address

  • 25% of searches on Yahoo! for “Osama Bin Laden” are coming from those under 24. We are also seeing searches spike for “who was Osama Bin Laden” on Yahoo!

Questions that are being searched on Yahoo!:

  • How did Osama Bin Laden die?
  • How old was Osama Bin Laden?
  • Is it Usama or Osama?
  • Is Osama Really dead?
  • Osama Bin Laden height
  • Osama Bin Laden Games
  • Did the US kill Osama
  • How was bin Laden killed
  • Is Osama bin Laden white
  • Was Osama behind 9/11
  • Was bin laden’s body frozen
  • Was bin laden on dialysis
  • What day was Osama killed
  • What is al Qaeda
  • What unit killed Osama
  • Which special forces killed Osama
  • Where is abbottadad
  • Where is al zawahiri
  • Where was bin laden born
  • Who captured saddam Hussein
  • Who died with Osama bin laden
  • Who is bin laden son
  • Who was Osama Bin Laden
  • Why al qaeda hates America
  • Yahoo says it sifts through billions of searches to uncover these trends.

    "Yahoo! has been extremely successful in sifting through searches for trend-spotting, historical insight, forecasting projections, and big-picture analysis," Yahoo Search Trends Program Lead Carolyn Clark tells us.

    Lots more interesting Internet angles related to the Osama bin Laden news can be found here.

    Chris Crum
    Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.

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