Yahoo unveils 2009 "Year in Review"

Following in the footsteps of Bing, and with no doubt more to come, Yahoo has announced its American 2009 "Year in Review" which highlights the top searches and "trends" on Yahoo.

"We saw consumers escape to the Web hoping to pursue news and their guilty pleasures: vampires, political implosions, how to moonwalk - you name it, people went online to find it", says Vera Chan, a Yahoo Search trend analyst.

"And with economic uncertainty looming, people looked for ways to find stability by searching the Web for new jobs, unemployment benefits, and ways to save through old-fashioned coupon hunting".

Britney Spears, who dominated Yahoo's top 10s for the past 4 years - dropped from the No. 1 position to No. 5 this year, behind Michael Jackson, the book and film series "Twilight," wrestling and Megan Fox.

The top 10 overall searches for 2009 on Yahoo in the US were:

   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