Google: Osama bin Laden Searches Surged 1 Million Percent Following His Death

Posted on May 3, 2011

Google Bin Laden Search Queries Surge


Popular news stores always lead to spikes in searchers for the subject matter but perhaps none so much as the recent death of the leading Al Qaeda terrorist. Google says searches for Osama bin Laden surged 1 million percent following his death at the hands of U.S. special forces. In a tweet, Google said, "On May 1 between 7:30-8:30 pm PST, we saw a 1 million percent increase in searches for [bin laden]."

Google also shared the above graph showing the surge in tweets. No doubt a high rate of Osama bin Laden searches continues as news about this secret hideout and changes in the story of his capture continue to emerge.

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