‘Mininova’ the 9th Most Googled Word in 2006

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Google has released its annual year-end Zeitgeist. Amazingly, the word 'mininova' ranks 9 on Google's list of most queried terms in 2006.

The year-end Zeitgeist is a collection of data, trends and search patterns that reflect the activity on Google’s search engine in the past year. A look at this year’s top 10 queries reveals the following terms:

    Google Zeitgeist

  1. bebo
  2. myspace
  3. world cup
  4. metacafe
  5. radioblog
  6. wikipedia
  7. video
  8. rebelde
  9. mininova
  10. wiki

As you can see, ‘mininova’ was the 9th most searched for word on Google this year. There could be many reasons behind this, but the most obvious seems to be the fact that most people, including myself, initially type in ‘mininova.com’, but then realise that the site at that URL is not what we were looking for, and head to Google to find the real mininova located at mininova.org.

That’s definitely not the sole reason though, mininova has been steadily growing and is ranked among the top 3 BitTorrent sites along with The Pirate Bay and Torrentspy. In March of this year, mininova was leading the race, but in May we published an Alexa traffic rank comparing the three sites which put Torrentspy in the lead. Shortly after that, mininova passed 400 million downloads mark.

It’s quite obvious that more and more people are starting to use BitTorrent. Getting ranked as one of the most queried words on Google is possibly one of the highest honours any website can receive. It indicates that more than just a small niche of people are out there searching for it. We at TorrentFreak believe that mininova has become popular by word of mouth, more than anything.


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