French speaking countries generate most searches for news of Bin Laden over last 7 days

Following the death of Al-Qaida leader Bin Laden on May 2 and the continuing stream of stories in the press, internet users around the world are, unsurprisingly, turning to Google for the latest news. Perhaps surprisingly the majority of searches related to ‘Bin Laden' over the last seven days, came from within France and other French speaking countries.


 

Google Insights measures internet search terms around the world with the most significant growth worldwide, search terms with an increase of over 5000 percent are defined as having a ‘ breakout' level of growth.

As of 10:45am GMT on May 9, seven out of the ten top search terms, over the last seven days, were related to Bin-Laden and all seven of these experienced breakout levels of growth.

The search term with the most significant growth worldwide was ‘ Ben Laden' the French spelling of the deceased terrorist's name.  

Data from Google shows that searches for ‘ Ben Laden'  originated from French speaking, or areas of French speaking countries around the world including, Tunisia, Morocco, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada.

Variations on searches for news of the Al - Qaida leader's death included the terrorist's first name ‘ Osama', and full name ‘Osama Bin - Laden' and ‘ Osama Bin -Laden body'.  

Other popular search terms around the world over the last seven days included the day of celebration of Mexican culture ‘Cinco de Mayo' or ‘May 5' and US horse racing event the Kentucky Derby.

The search terms with the most significant growth worldwide in the last seven days as measured by Google Insights, recorded on May 2 at 11:30 AM GMT, are:

01. ben laden (breakout*)
02. bin laden (breakout*)
03. bin laden body (breakout*)
04. bin laden dead (breakout*)
05. osama (breakout*)
06. osama bin laden (breakout*)
07. osama dead( breakout*)
08. cinco de mayo (+900%)
09. Kentucky derby 2011 (+900%)
10. Kentucky derby (+800%)

*Breakout defines a search term that has experienced a change in growth greater than 5,000 percent.

 

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