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Facebook was the Top Search Term in 2010 for Second Straight Year


Social network search term tops list for fifth straight year; Facebook top-visited Website for first year

Experian® Hitwise®New York, NY – Experian® Hitwise®, a part of Experian Marketing Services, has analyzed the top 1,000 search terms for 2010(1) and Facebook was the top-searched term overall. This is the second year that the social networking Website has been the top search term overall, accounting for 2.11 percent of all searches.(1) Four variations of the term “facebook” were among the top 10 terms and accounted for 3.48 percent of searches overall.

The term “facebook login” moved up from the 9th spot in 2009 to the second spot in 2010. YouTube was the third most-searched term in 2010, followed by craigslist, myspace and Analysis of the search terms revealed that social networking–related terms dominated the results, accounting for 4.18 percent of the top 50 searches.


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Source: Experian Hitwise


When combined, common search terms — e.g., facebook and — for Facebook accounted for 3.48 percent of all searches in the U.S. among the top 50 terms, which represents a 207 percent increase versus 2009. YouTube terms accounted for 1.12 percent, representing a 106 percent increase versus 2009. Aol search terms accounted for 0.34 percent of searches in 2010, but grew 22 percent versus 2009. Google terms accounted for 0.63 percent, and Craigslist terms accounted for 0.62 percent.

New terms that entered into the top 50 search terms for 2010 included – netflix, verizon wireless, espn, chase, pogo, tagged, wells fargo, yellow pages, poptropica, games and hulu.

Top-visited Websites in 2010

Facebook was the top-visited Website for the first time and accounted for 8.93 percent of all U.S. visits between January and November 2010. ranked second with 7.19 percent of visits, followed by Yahoo! Mail (3.52 percent), Yahoo! (3.30 percent) and YouTube (2.65 percent).


Top 10 most-visited Websites





Note: Data is based on U.S. visits for January to November 2009 and 2010


Source: Experian Hitwise


The combination of Google properties accounted for 9.85 percent of all U.S. visits. Facebook properties accounted for 8.93 percent, and Yahoo! properties accounted for 8.12 percent. The top 10 Websites accounted for 33 percent of all U.S. visits between January and November 2010, an increase of 12 percent versus 2009.

Other top searches from various categories include:

Personality – top 5 people searches

  1. Kim Kardashian
  2. Oprah
  3. Rush Limbaugh
  4. Miley Cyrus
  5. Glenn Beck

Movie Titles – top 5 searches from within Movies category:

  1. Star Wars
  2. Paranormal Activity 2
  3. Avatar
  4. Transformers 3
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Music – top 5 searched for artists/bands:

  1. Lady Gaga
  2. Justin Beiber
  3. Eminem
  4. Taylor Swift
  5. Michael Jackson

Branded Destinations – top 5 search terms:

  1. Disney World
  2. Disneyland
  3. Six Flags
  4. Universal Studios Orlando 
  5. Great Wolf Lodge

Top TV show searches from Television category

  1. Dancing with the Stars
  2. American Idol
  3. Young and the Restless

The top generic search term was “hulu” within Television category

Sports – the top searched for athlete was Tiger Woods and the top sports team was the Dallas Cowboys from within the Sports category.
News and Media – the top searched for person was Bret Michaels followed by Tiger Woods and Sandra Bullock within the News and Media category in 2010.
Real Estate – the search terms “houses for rent” and “homes for rent”, combined topped the combined searches for “houses for sale” and “homes for sale” in 2010 within the Real Estate category. was the top search term overall for Real Estate category.
Employment – Indeed accounted for 2.47 percent of all searches in the U.S. among the top 50 terms for the Employment category in 2010 when combining common search terms — e.g., indeed and

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(1) Data is based on the top 1,000 unfiltered search terms and U.S. market share of visits for January to November 2010.




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