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Posted on 11.30.2008

Web search provider released its Real Deal list of 2008's most popular searches.

With more than 70 million unique monthly searchers, the Ask network of sites is the 7th largest Internet property in the U.S. (according to comScore Media Metrix - Oct. 2008) and offers solid insights into what consumers are searching for on the Web. 

"The heart and soul of America - our passions, concerns, and aspirations - are reflected in this year's searches. From the national pride that surged during the Beijing Olympics and the presidential elections, to the humbling realization of the economic downturn, this year more than ever we saw Americans using Ask to find social connections, solutions, and savings during turbulent and fast-paced times," said Jim Safka, CEO of

Searches relating to the economy dominated this year's search trends.

From the release: Once again, "Dictionary" was a search-term topper as people sought to understand the words that flooded Americana news, such as "Maverick" and "Recession." Reflecting the powerful role that social networking played in this year's elections, MySpace, Facebook and YouTube all took prime-time spots in the top 10. Finally, the financial maelstrom sent consumers on a money-saving quest, with "Coupons," bargain site "Craigslist," cost-efficient "Online Degrees," and "Credit Score" all appearing for the first time in the Ask "Top 10 of '08."


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