In the first year of the century, Yahoo released the
20 most popular terms for the first time.
The Yahoo! Buzz Index Top 20 Leaders for 2001:
- PlayStation 2
- Britney Spears
- Dragon Ball Z
- World Trade Center
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Dale Earnhardt
- Internal Revenue Service
- Jennifer Lopez
- Las Vegas
- Osama Bin Laden
- Backstreet Boys
- Pamela Anderson
The number one slot belonged to PlayStation 2, which led to the optimistic prognostication "that gaming culture may be on the verge of eclipsing movies and television in the pop culture lexicon."
The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, pushed the term "world trade center" into No. 6. The mastermind, Osama bin Laden, registered at No. 15, followed by Nostradamus, due to a hoax that the 16th-century so-called prophet predicted the events. Searches at the time also underwent an "upswing in patriotism. Searches on anthems, patriotic speeches and songs, and the American flag (26) soared as Americans looked for ways to express their support for their country."