Compete Details Michael Jackson Web Stats

Boston-based Web-analytics firm Compete came out with some numbers on how the death of Michael Jackson last week affected the World Wide Web, The New York TimesBits Blog reported.

According to Compete, the week ended June 27 saw 9.98 million queries for the terms “Michael” and “Jackson” across the top 25 search engines and news and social-media sites, or more than 24 times the number of queries using the terms “Iran” and “election” during the prior week. Google handled 61% of those queries.

Compete added that Yahoo! Music drew 45% of Web surfers seeking the King of Pop’s albums, music videos and merchandise, while YouTube ranked a distant second at 23%.