Archive for June 27th, 2009
In case, you did not know, Michael Jackson, the “King Of Pop” just passed away yesterday and we are really sad on the loss of such a great pop-star. Many users on the web must have felt the same too, as Google searches about Michael Jackson exploded on Google yesterday. Here is a chart showing the search trend yesterday and here is Google explaining the trend:
Search volume began to increase around 2:00pm, skyrocketed by 3:00pm, and stabilized by about 8:00pm. As you can see in Google Hot Trends, many of the fastest rising search queries from yesterday and today have been about Michael Jackson’s passing (others pertained to the death of another cultural icon, Farrah Fawcett). People who weren’t near a computer yesterday turned to their mobile phones to check on breaking news. We saw one of the largest mobile search spikes we’ve ever seen, with 5 of the top 20 searches about the Moonwalker. The spike in searches related to Michael Jackson was so big that Google News initially mistook it for an automated attack. As a result, for about 25 minutes yesterday, when some people searched Google News they saw a “We’re sorry” page before finding the articles they were looking for.
This undeniably show the amount of global interest on Michael Jackson and how Google could have been better prepared to deal with it. Here is a song video in his tribute — Heal The World that we found was one of his best songs. More song and videos can be found on his YouTube Channel.