Yahoo Ranks Rahul Gandhi As India’s Top Newsmaker For 2009

When it comes to internet search engines, Yahoo is not a company one might readily think of. It is easy to forget that the company still holds significant market share in the industry which is so mightily held by Google and where Microsoft has been creating a lot of noise with the Bing search engine.

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Based on search trends over the past eleven months, Yahoo has now relaunched its ‘Year in Review‘ site that will now take the visitors through events and people who made the biggest news over the past one year. Here are the list of the ten most searched keywords through 2009

  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Twilight
  3. WWE
  4. Megan Fox
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Naruto
  7. American Idol
  8. Kim Kardashian
  9. NASCAR
  10. Runescape

As Yahoo notes in their website, it is for the first time in five years that Britney Spears has failed to top its list. The list topper is not a surprise given the suddenness of Michael Jackson’s death and the rumors that followed which led to a huge spurt in the number of searches, so much so that Google reported that they feared that their site was under attack.

For Yahoo India, Rahul Gandhi tops the list, considering that the young politician has been consistently in the news both during and after the Lok Sabha elections. The rest of the top ten are not obvious inclusions and ironically, there’s Barack Obama in the list too. Here’s India’s top ten newsmakers for 2009

  1. Rahul Gandhi
  2. Katrina Kaif
  3. Lalit Modi
  4. AR Rahman
  5. Rakhi Sawant
  6. Gautam Gambhir
  7. Varun Gandhi
  8. Manmohan Singh
  9. Barack Obama
  10. Professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Does that make a fair list? I have my doubts. Nevertheless, we would like to know from you about who else do you think could have made the top ten list in India. Do let us know in the comments.

3 Responses to “Yahoo Ranks Rahul Gandhi As India’s Top Newsmaker For 2009”

  1. December 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    “Does that make a fair list? I have my doubts.”

    And what exactly are you implying here? Where did fair come from? I believe its the list of most searched for keywords in Yahoo – what can be unfair about it? Are you saying that they’ve rigged the list? And why would they want to do that, ideally?

  2. December 2, 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    I am absolutely not implying that they rigged the list. As you say, why would they? What I’m saying is that the Indian list is not all that intuitive.

    For one, ‘top newsmakers’ is not simply the most searched keywords. I would have assumed people like Ajmal Kasab would have made it to the list..At least, in my opinion they made more news than Katrina Kaif.

  3. December 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    My point was that ‘fairness’ and ‘intuitive’ come into the picture only in case the list is the opinion of someone/ Yahoo. This list, I believe is a result of searches – and hence automated/ algorithmic.

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