The Cycle | December 03, 2012
>>> i was humbled and proud as an american today to see that the 2012 election was the number one on yahoo!'s new list of top searches for 2012 . and then i saw this. i'm a gummy bear yes i'm a gummy bear i'm moving and grooving
>> that's the gummy bear song, but not the one i remember. it's the number ten top searched song of the year.
>> that green thing will haunt me in my sleep tonight . it goes to show the variety of things that captured americans' attentions.
>> make it stop.
>> the summer olympics , and iphone5 and eastwood, and americans let their typing fingers do the talking. the next guest is here to tell us what they said about internet, songs and sports teams and more. the guest spot today is heather cabot. welcome to "the cycle," heather. the scary green thing aside, the 2012 election was number one. is that uncommon for politics to top the list like that?
>> well, it's unxhcommon for a news story to top the list on yahoo!. it's only the third time that a news story came out on top. this speaks to a fact that this was an election people followed closely. at number 8 , political polls. we actually saw people typing into the yahoo! search engine political polls basically on a daily basis checking in to see where their candidates were at. really following this horse race day to day . that's different than what we saw in 2008 for sure.
>> nate silver scores another win there.
>> one thing i notice from the lists and the top searches overall, six of the ten were women and no men. in the top olympians, nine were women out of ten. whole binders of women was one of the top internet names. i have a guess, buts why it that women are more searched for than men?
>> there are a lot of things going on. this was the year of the woman. if you look at the olympics , every single delegation had a woman on their team, and on the u.s. team for the first time ever women outnumbered men. we also had the pregnant sharpshooter, and we had woman's boxing for the first time ever at olympics . all these things gathered a lot of attention online. people were following the olympics really closely. as far as women in general, i do think -- if you look at the election, women 's issues really were important this year to a lot of people. i think we're on the radar, which is very good.
>> yeah. i mean, specifically speaking about women in the olympics , the number one viral photo was of one mckayla maroney that she's not impressed. we had a lot of fun with this in the office. why do you think that took off.
>> look at athe picture. it's hilarious. i think what most people found so funny about that is she was being a teenager. it was like a typical teenager's reaction, you know. it was that scowl. there she is getting a medal. just a medal. it was hilarious. i'm not surprised. one thing surprising about it she garnered more searches than gabby douglas due in part of the photo.
>> heather, i'm looking ahead to 2013 here. we have big news today. this rich woman who lives a life of unimaginable privilege in britain, kate middleton , is pregnant today, and people seem really excited about this. is kate middleton pregnant, kate middleton rich baby going to be the top search of 2013 ?
>> a couple of things. yes. i think we can very safe hely project that in 2013 her pregnancy will be chronicled and the birth of the royal baby will certainly be much watched. you know, she actually tops our overall top search list for the year coming in at number 5. so people are just very fascinated by her. obviously, she received a lot of attention because of the photo scandal but a lot of interest in her style and life. people in the u.s. are just fascinated by her.
>> look out, krystal. there's a new baby in town.
>> she's pregnant and had a photo scandal. this is weird.
>> that's another internet segment we'll