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Michaels Jackson is bigger than Twitter. And what is Twitter anyway?

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For the last few years, December has marked the time when search engines put out some PR about what we’ve all been searching for in the last 12 months.

Thanks to our love of lists these are a hit with news organisations and dinner parties alike.

And this year is no exception. First up, as reported over on TechCrunch, it’s the search engine newcomer Bing. Launched earlier this year, Bing has moved to take a significant chunk of the US search market, although probably not from Google.

Whilst search engine users appear to love new technology, they don’t love it as much as they love faded pop stars. That’s my long winded way of saying the Michael Jackson beat Twitter to the no.1 spot.

Here’s the entire top ten (with all the porn and salubrious search terms removed).

1.    Michael Jackson
2.    Twitter
3.    Swine Flu
4.    Stock Market
5.    Farrah Fawcett
6.    Patrick Swayze
7.    Cash for Clunkers
8.    Jon and Kate Gosselin
9.    Billy Mays
10.    Jaycee Dugard

AskJeeves has been compiling a top 10 too. They reckon they’re a bit different from other search engines. They say that people use their search engines to ask real language questions. To make this point, their 2009 top 10 are all question based.

And the question that is asked more frequently than any other – one that WebEden has been trying to answer all year – is: ‘What is Twitter’.

2nd up (a legitimate concern given all the airtime and column inches): ‘Do I have swine flu?’

And third, something a bit more unusual: ‘Is Lady Gaga a man’.

This question was asked following the star’s appearance at Glastonbury festival, which apparently put her gender under suspicion. You know how rumours spread amongst the Twitterati.

Others in the top 10 were the more serious: ‘What is the Lisbon Treaty?’ and ‘when will the recession end?’.

Any of these make it into your top 10? Leave us a comment below.

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