Google Unveils Top Search Terms of 2001

Nostradamus, World Trade Center, and Harry Potter Among Top Gaining Queries

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – December 20, 2001 – Google Inc., developer of the award-winning Google search engine, today unveiled its Year-End Google Zeitgeist, providing an inside look into the top queries searched on Google during 2001. As the world’s leading search engine, powering more than 150 million searches per day, Google offers a window on the world and presents a unique perspective on the year’s major events and hottest technology and consumer trends.

The Year-End Google Zeitgeist web page, located at, features the 2001 Year in Review Timeline and lists of top search terms, such as:

  • Top Gaining Search Queries
  • Top Women of the Internet
  • Top Peer-To-Peer Websites
  • Top Products
  • Top Videogames
  • Top Retailers
  • Top Brands

About Google Inc.

With the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology, Google Inc. delivers the fastest and easiest way to find relevant information on the Internet. Google’s technological innovations have earned the company numerous industry awards and citations, including two Webby Awards; two WIRED magazine’s Reader Raves Awards; Best Internet Innovation and Technical Excellence Award from PC Magazine; Best Search Engine on the Internet from Yahoo! Internet Life; Top Ten Best Cybertech from TIME magazine; and Editor’s Pick from CNET. A growing number of companies worldwide, including Yahoo! and its international properties, Sony and its affiliates, AOL/Netscape, and Cisco Systems, rely on Google to power search on their websites. A privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., Google’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. More information about Google can be found on the Google site at

Editors Note: For a high-resolution downloadable image of the Top 20 Gaining Queries, please use the following URL:


Barry Schnitt
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