The iPhone topped Yahoo‘s U.S. top searches list for 2011, edging out Casey Anthony, Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry. It’s the first time since 2002 a tech device has topped the list, when PlayStation 2 took the number one spot.
“The iPhone transcended gadget status,” says Vera Chan, Yahoo senior editor and web trend analyst. “The device helped facilitate political movements around the world, and embodied the vision of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs” Chan adds that Jobs’s decision to step down as Apple CEO in August and his death in October also fueled search activity for the iPhone.
In addition to an overall ranking, the tenth annual Yahoo Year in Review, released Thursday, included lists of top everything — from health symptoms to celebrity hair styles to political scandals.
Further confirming the Internet’s obsession with the Apple phone, the top Yahoo mobile search was “iPhone 5,” a device which was never even announced. Only two other terms overlap on the two lists — Casey Anthony, number two overall and number five on mobile, and Kim Kardashian, number three overall and number seven on mobile.
Another interesting list released by Yahoo was the list of top search obsessions, including Charlie Sheen, the Rapture, Rebecca Black’s “Friday” and mortgage rates.
The top news story searches were the Casey Anthony trial, the Royal Wedding, Osama bin Laden’s death, and the Japan earthquake and tsunami.