Is it just us, or did 2013 come and go as quickly as this ridiculously photogenic guy did last year?
Today Yahoo released its 2013 Year In Review, a look back at daily search habits from the year. Your top searches included high-profile trials, Obamacare, and the twerk seen round the world. You and millions of others searched the most for none other than Miley Cyrus, who came into our lives like a wrecking ball, dethroning Kim Kardashian, who was at the top of list in 2012.
Here’s a look at the top searches of the year on Yahoo in 2013:
- miley cyrus
- kim kardashian
- kate upton
- selena gomez
- obamacare (affordable care act)
- amanda bynes
- jodi arias
- iphone 5
- justin bieber
What else had you searching this year? Your top obsession is America’s favorite bearded duck-calling family show, “Duck Dynasty.” “Breaking Bad” found the recipe to get to the top and came in as the number two obsession. But let’s not forget about our strategically angled, filtered self portraits! The selfie came in at number nine on our list (just admit it — you love taking selfies!).
One thing is sure to trend for the rest of the year… Anchorman 2. And speaking of Ron Burgundy, the man himself has a special report for you on this year’s top Yahoo searches. Over to you, Mr. Burgundy.
The top searched news stories on Yahoo reveal a wide breadth of domestic and international affairs. At the top of the list was the Jodi Arias trial followed by Obamacare. The birth of the royal baby took the number four spot and Paula Deen’s lawsuit came in at number nine.
For the first time Yahoo’s Year In Review features some of the coolest, funniest, most creative new blogs on Tumblr from 2013.
Top 10 Most Viral Blogs on Tumblr in 2013:
But what about the comeback kids? Fads of the past came roaring back throughout the year. You searched for everything from combat boots and jelly sandals to boy bands and high-waisted jeans.
So go on, eat that last Cronut (one of the top searched food crazes this year!) and give it one last twerk before we bid adieu to our internet obsessions of 2013.
For more of your top 2013 searches, visit Yahoo’s 2013 Year In Review.
By Vera H-C Chan, Senior Editor & Year In Review Project Lead
by Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO
Today, I am incredibly excited to announce that Katie Couric is joining Yahoo as our Global Anchor. Starting in early 2014, Katie will lead a growing team of correspondents at Yahoo News who will cover the world’s most interesting stories and newsmakers.
I’ve always respected Katie for her thoughtful, charismatic approach to journalism. From pivotal coverage of natural disasters and historic elections to the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Games, groundbreaking interviews with heads of state and leading tastemakers, her experience is unmatched. Katie is dynamic, savvy and has a way of connecting with viewers that I really admire.
In addition to being the face of Yahoo News and shooting features for our homepage, Katie will continue to host her syndicated daytime talk show, Katie.
As Global Anchor, Katie joins Megan Liberman, David Pogue, Matt Bai and our incredibly talented editorial team in pioneering a new chapter of digital journalism. At Yahoo, we are investing in bringing our users the absolute best content and video experiences available — and this is just the beginning!
Flickr is all about putting your photos first — we’re a community where people come to share, connect, and discover amazing images. Today, we’re excited to give you an entirely new way to turn your photos into something special, to help you create and enjoy your favorite memories.
With Flickr Photo Books, in minutes, you can transform your beautiful photos into a professional-quality book.
It’s never been easier to bring your Flickr sets to life - just in time for the perfect holiday gift!
Pick your favorite photo set, click on the Photo Book icon, and we’ll automatically turn it into a beautiful book for you. In almost no time, you can turn your photos into something memorable, that we’ll send it right to your doorstep (or to a lucky friend or family member.)
Our focus with Flickr Photo Books is to make it simple and intuitive to create a book that always looks great and is beautifully finished. From the handpicked full-bleed layouts, to the heavy stock photo Lustre paper and the image-based cover with matching dust jacket, we know you’re going to love your books.
Your photos, beautifully bound — in full resolution. Go to http://www.flickr.com/create to make your Flickr Photo Book.
We can’t wait to hear your feedback and to see the books you create… on Flickr!
By Tom Hughes, Vice President, Flickr
by Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO
We’ve worked hard over the years to earn our users’ trust and we fight hard to preserve it.
As you know, there have been a number of reports over the last six months about the U.S. government secretly accessing user data without the knowledge of tech companies, including Yahoo. I want to reiterate what we have said in the past: Yahoo has never given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency. Ever.
There is nothing more important to us than protecting our users’ privacy. To that end, we recently announced that we will make Yahoo Mail even more secure by introducing https (SSL - Secure Sockets Layer) encryption with a 2048-bit key across our network by January 8, 2014.
Today we are announcing that we will extend that effort across all Yahoo products. More specifically this means we will:
- Encrypt all information that moves between our data centers by the end of Q1 2014;
- Offer users an option to encrypt all data flow to/from Yahoo by the end of Q1 2014;
- Work closely with our international Mail partners to ensure that Yahoo co-branded Mail accounts are https-enabled.
As we have said before, we will continue to evaluate how we can protect our users’ privacy and their data. We appreciate, and certainly do not take for granted, the trust our users place in us.
When you’re a company that’s been around as long as Yahoo, there are lots of fun things that you stumble across. This year, we found a huge list of domain names that the company has owned for quite some time.
As we discussed what to do with them, it became obvious that it was time to set them free…back into the wild of the Internet. Surely, creative people, businesses and entrepreneurs could come up with something great to do with them. They could even spark some brand new ideas or companies.
Tomorrow, we’re starting a week-long auction that includes well over a hundred premium domain names. How premium you ask? How about sandwich.com? That’s a pretty awesome name, and now it’s back on the market!
Get ready to bid on your favorites, here’s a partial look at the treasure you’ll find:
- Crackers.com (Snack-rating site?)
- AV.com (Reminds me of high school)
- Jockeys.com (A social network for people who ride horses?)
- Sled.com (Winter is coming)
- Blogsport.com (Could be great if blogging ever became an Olympic sport!)
Go here to find the list. The Domainapalooza starts on the 14th and goes through the 21st, and we’ll be adding more domain names during the week.
by Kevin Kramer, Deputy General Counsel
Emily Jipson, Head of Product, Yahoo Finance
Earlier this week we introduced a new Yahoo Finance app for iPhone and iPad, and today we are launching a redesigned Yahoo Finance for the web. This clean new design aims to provide you with access to the stocks you care about, a stream of relevant business news, deeper data integration, and more.
One of the first changes you’ll notice is a list of stocks at the top left, which makes monitoring the companies that you care about easy from any page on Yahoo Finance.
The new Yahoo Finance Portfolio lets you sync your brokerage accounts for a real-time view of your performance. Now, it’s faster and easier to see your best and worst performing investments, right from the new Finance homepage.
We’ve integrated the Markets section with the homepage to allow you to get greater insight into broad market performance. With the new calendar feature, you can see the day’s market-moving events. And with Trending Tickers, you can view which stocks are trending right now with Yahoo Finance users.
We’d love for you to give the new experience a spin and please feel free to send us your feedback.
by Alex Diaz, VP Mobile and Emerging Products
Today we’re excited to introduce an updated Yahoo Finance app for iPhone and iPad - an entirely redesigned experience to help you follow the stocks and companies you care about most. Yahoo Finance delivers personalized news, real-time data and insights wherever you are, whenever you need it.
At the center of the Yahoo Finance app are the companies and stocks you care about - whether it’s breaking news and information, beautiful interactive charts or real time price changes you can easily follow any company to get personalized information and make sure you keep up to date on changes.
The Yahoo Finance app for iPhone and iPad was reimagined to deliver a beautiful personalized experience with a
stream of top news and data based on your favorite stocks and interests. We’ve added Push Notifications to keep you in the know as important stories break — so you can make quick and informed decisions on the stocks and companies you follow.
Yahoo Finance includes completely redesigned interactive stock charts to track historical changes, and easily compare performance to identify trends.
It’s now easier than ever to visualize company and market data by swiping, pinching and panning across the chart. You can also compare any stock, market or index to see related price changes.
We’re really excited about the new Yahoo Finance app and hope that you are too. The app is available in the US and you can download it free on the App Store.
by Matthew McDaniel, Managing Editor of Yahoo Movies
On Wednesday, November 6th, Yahoo’s getting the inside scoop on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” from Katniss Everdeen herself! Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games’ director Francis Lawrence will be participating in a LIVE “Tumblr Ask” chat answering questions directly from you, the fans.
We know you have burning questions to ask. Starting today, you can submit your questions to both Jennifer & Francis on the Yahoo Entertainment Tumblr. Against All The Odds - your questions might get answered. Come back to Tumblr on November 6 for the live responses straight from Jennifer and Francis.
Check out ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ trailer below for some inspiration: