`Out of more than 36 million search queries that hundreds of thousands of AOL users typed into AOL’s Internet search engine from March to May, here is the term most queried: Google.
That so many customers would use one search engine to find another is among the odd truths being mined from AOL’s public release of search data. The company last week called the incident involving 658,000 users’ queries a “screw-up” and apologized. But for better or worse, the data offer the first widespread public glimpse of how people search the Internet, of what they are interested in. Of how people think.’