Nipple Flash Sets Tone for Year’s Internet Hits

Rhett Pardon
CYBERSPACE – Lycos says 2004 was the year of flesh.

The web portal released its Top 50 list of most-searched terms of the year this week, led off by Janet Jackson who set the tone for the list with her antics at the Super Bowl halftime show.

Jackson’s brief flash of skin and her star-shaped nipple shield generated a 5,200-percent increase in Jackson search activity over last year, Lycos said.

Spanish soap star Michelle Vieth, whose sex tapes wandered all over the Internet, and Ohio news anchor Catherine Bosley, who was found on the web after stripping in a Key West, Fla., nightclub, also reached lofty levels.

Here are the Top 20 of the list:

1. Janet Jackson

2. Paris Hilton

3. Britney Spears

4. Pamela Anderson

5. Michelle Vieth

6. Brooke Burke

7. Hilary Duff

8. Catherine Bosley

9. Jennifer Lopez

10. Anna Nicole Smith

11. Carmen Electra

12. Christina Aguilera

13. Tara Reid

14. Lindsay Lohan

15. Olsen Twins

16. Jessica Simpson

17. Anna Kournikova

18. Angelina Jolie

19. Beyonce

20. Torrie Wilson

Lycos, which publishes a Top 50 list on a weekly basis, predicts Maria Menounos, weekend host of "Entertainment Tonight"; Bam Margera, 23-year-old skateboarding pro and star of MTV's "Viva La Bam"; Joss Stone, a 17-year-old English soul crooner; Country music singer Gretchen Wilson; and U.K. soccer heartthrob Cristiano Ronaldo will be some of the ones to watch for in 2005.