This is the last day of the year 2006. We thought of ending the year with a simple question – What is common between Google, Amazon, Marketing Pilgrim, SEOmoz, MSN, Yahoo!, Merriam-Webster, Ask, Chris, Pandia and so many others that we can't even list here.
The answer is the 'Best' and 'Top' lists. There are hundreds of interesting (Amazon), useful (Yahoo!), controversial (Google) lists out there. So we thought why not put the best of them in one place. (Actually, we were too late and lazy to compile another list). So here you go:
Google announced its annual Zeitgeist with the statement that: Social networking sites top the list this year's most searched queries. The list included everything from top searched terms, top searched scandals, political figures and global regions to most searched divorces, weddings, movies, sports and much more. However, the list courted controversy after Danny Sullivan trashed it.
Clipblast, the aggregator site for Video clippings released this year’s top 10 searches for Internet video clips. These were selected from millions of clippings that were gathered during the year. Famous crocodile hunter Steve Irwin topped the charts while George W. Bush came at No.8 for whatever reason. The list also includes Britney Spears (the world have not had enough of her) and Borat (can't have enough of him).
As it turns out, the list by Live Search is one of the most interesting. Apart from a list of top list of general searches, they also compiled lists for top soccer searches, top celebrity image searches, top news searches, top travel searches and top product searches. There is also a list of 'Top gainers from last year.' Now, that is what so likable about the list. It's interesting and covers so many categories.
The Yahoo! list included categories such as overall, news, sportsteam, politician, celebrity babies, blog/blogger and entertainment. Also included in the list are Yahoo! Video, pictures from Flickr, and the best questions and answers on Yahoo! Answers. You can also select a time period and scroll through the images. Of the three biggies, Yahoo! scores best when it comes to presentation.
This is one comprehensive list. It included Bestselling Products, Most-Loved Products, Most Wished-For Products and Most Popular Gift Products. There are some very interesting results too. Such as the most loved grocery product is Senseo Douwe Egberts Dark Roast Coffee Pods. This is also one of the most popular gift products. Most Loved Health & Personal Care Product is Omron HJ-112 Digital Premium Pedometer. (Huh!) The most popular software in Most Popular Gift Products category is Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe DVD (CD)!
Merriam Webster caught the wrong fever and released a list of most popular words of the year. The rankings were based on votes from visitors to the website. The word 'truthiness' (never heard that before) came first. Google (even the new born babies know it now) came second. You should go check the list of words – it's enlightenment.
This one has been making the rounds lately. This is not exactly a 'Top' list. This is a list of the biggest stories in the year 2006. There are 101 stories which almost summarize the whole year. It covers search, social media and almost everything online.
Ok, matters of real interest now. This list is compiled by TiVo Inc which got American TV Viewers to pick their most memorable TV moments of 2006. The one that topped the list is…..Katie Couric’s last day on “Today”. Kirstie Alley’s bikini reveal on “Oprah” came sixth (sad). Kate and Sawyer get together on “Lost” came down the list at eight. As you can already see, this is one list that you gonna feel strongly about. So go ahead, check it out.
Ask does not have a top ten list. The search engine says that it was the best, the biggest and obviously, the first year for Ask. The milestones of the year have been outlined month by month. The year began with launching of image search and ended with the launch of AskCity. Now that was a happening year. So if you are Asking for more go read the post.
Everything about food here. From the losing burger and winning local favorites to the best of wines, you will find what's hot about food here.
Now the other end of the spectrum. The trends are selected by a panel of editors, contributors, top chefs and others in the food and drink industry. The Taco Bell contamination scores as the worst trend, whereas, others on the list are the series of food bans in USA and regular snippets on restaurant websites.
A few blogs we admire have also summarized the year in their own ways. Here are a few:
Marketing Pilgrim: This is the first year of the blog but there has been more than a few great posts (as we all know). This one surely deserves a read.
Seomoz: The Seomoz have gone one step ahead. They not only have a run down of the major things that have happened over the year but have also made their annual finances public. Some very interesting number there. Go, have a look.
Top Rank Blog: There is a round up of the fifteen most popular posts or resources for 2006. There is also a list of the top referrers which kinda indicates the drift in the online world.
37 Signals: This one comes in 3 parts. There is an extensive listing of the top posts of the year.
Pandia: Pandia has gone a little technical. They have used web statistics software to determine the most popular blogs of the year and that is what you get to see here.
SEO Blackhat: You won't find the best articles of SEO Blackhat here. Instead here is an open source list which invites all to submit the best post that he has written.
Stuntdubl: No surprises here. It is a best posts list with 18 posts listed from 2006. Given the high quality of his posts, the list is pretty satisfactory.
Favorite posts by Stuntdubl: Todd accepts to have been inspired by SEO Blackhat. The open source listing begins with a few references by Todd and invites others to submit their favorites too.
Webmasterworld Forums List: This is a list of the "Best of 2006" list by the supporters forum. There are a few not-to-be-missed there.
Now, that was hectic work for us and it is almost new year. The whole Unofficialseoblog team thanks for the consistent support and wishes you a very happy new year.