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Friday, December 31, 2010 - 11:35am

AOL releases a list of the most popular search terms in 2010.

This time of year it seems everybody wants you to make future resolutions or look back at your past. Thanks to the internet we can do that for you!

America On-Line has a list out of the most searched for items on the web in 2010. With another full year of pointing and clicking just about over, it is time to hit the back-tab and take a look at who, what, and where Americans were looking on the web in 2010.

AOL Consumer Advisor Regina Lewis says "arguably theres no better barometer of whats on American's minds."

America On-Line has released its annual list of the most sought-after search items and some may surprise you.

Millions were obviously bugged by the hottest topic in health on the web, as the number of bed bugs grew by 500% nationwide. So did questions on-line.

Regina says "we cringed but we couldnt get enough of the photos."

Disturbing pictures from the Gulf pushed the BP oil spill to the top of the list of most searched news stories.

Regina says “one, it was persistent over a period of time. two, there were webcam images and people put those on their computer screen and watched the oil spill hour over hour, day over day. the visual was stunning.”

And during a year when more people than ever shopped on-line, it's only fitting that technology was the driving force behind the item that got the most views.

Regina says “the iPad was the top product search in shopping. so when you add those people shopping for applications those numbers go way way up.

By the numbers, this year's celebrity web-watch was like no other.

Regina says “nothing fuels online traffic like controversy. I think that’s one of the reasons that Tiger Woods, perhaps to his chagrin, was the number one most searched for celebrity this year.”

And in top trends, a category normally dominated by pop-stars and pin-ups more often, 2010 internet users searched for a "more seasoned" beauty, 88-year-old Betty White.

Regina says “you know Betty White was fast out of the box this year with the Super Bowl commercial and then the internet is actually the back story that made her a top searched trend this year in that there was a Facebook campaign to get her to host SNL this year.”

As for the most searched movie on the web, it wasn't number one at the box office but perhaps provides some clues as to the depth, or well Depp, of what it takes to generate an on-line buzz.

Regina says “Alice in Wonderland had Johny Depp in it and Johnny Depp seems to have a cult following online. Anytime he's in a movie you tend to see it on the top of the search term list.”

Of course, in the world of technology, it's never to early to look at what's next and already there's a front-runner for next year.

Regina says “I think coming up this next year the royal wedding will be one of the most searched for terms and then there's always the unpredictable, you know, who's going to be the next Betty White. you can bank on the fact that there’s a lot of celebrities trying to be that person.”

And it also a pretty safe bet that millions will be logging in to take a closer look.
 

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