I remember when I was in school, if you needed to research a topic, you headed to the library, looked through newspaper and magazine archives (remember microfiche?!), thumbed through card catalogs and encyclopedias, and wandered among the stacks of books. Today, you just log on to Google or Yahoo!, type in a few key words, and you're off!
It's interesting, though, to consider for what it is we're searching for information. Since 2001, Yahoo! has put out a list of its most popular searches of the year (Google does this, too, but since Yahoo! posted its 2010 list today, that's what I'm writing about!). Of note for 2010, they say, is what did NOT top the list! TV shows, celebrities and a music download service have occupied the top slot in the past, but this year, for the first time ever, it's a news story - the Gulf oil spill. Six of the top 10, however, are celebrities, with Britney Spears still hanging tough for her perennial appearance on the list!
For better or worse, here is the Yahoo! list of what most capitivated our attention in 2010: