The Top Searches of 2002

The Top Searches of 2002

(Based on Danny Sulivan’s newsletter)

2002 Year-End Google Zeitgeist – A look back at what people searched on at Google, over the past year.

Dragonball: Web’s Most Wanted 2002 – What people searched on at Lycos in 2002. Note that in a week or so, you’ll have to go to the archives and use the “Top 100 of 2002” for the year-end review.

Yahoo! 2002 Buzz Leaders – Top search terms overall for 2002 and in various categories, according to Yahoo.

Ask Jeeves Reveals Top Searches for 2002 – Top searches at Ask Jeeves, via a press release.

Tattoos, Britney top Web search list – CNN, Write up on the Lycos list.

Linux out-Googles Microsoft – ZDNet, Write up on the Google list.

Web Searches Take Cultural Pulse – Wired News, Dec. 18, 2002, Google, Lycos and other search sites have unleashed lists of the year’s top search terms, which many say are an accurate barometer of cultural fads, fears and obsessions.

UK’s most popular searches – The Guardian, Dec. 17, 2002


Some Resources on Open-Source Discussion Forums FuseBox-based Open Forum

This page is an example of doing recursive joins for a forum:
with a follow-up here:

Another post about threaded discussion forums database design:
with a follow-up here:

Some good SQL sites to check out:


IT Haiku

In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error messages with Haiku poetry messages. Haiku Poetry has strict construction rules–each poem has only 17 syllables: 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third. They are used to communicate a timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity.

Here are 16 “actual” error messages from Japan:

The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.

Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

Program aborting:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.

Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.

Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.

A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.

Three things are certain:
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.

You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.

Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.

Having been erased,
The document you’re seeking
Must now be retyped.

Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

And my favorite:

Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.