What a Year -- ClipBlast! Names 'Top 10 Video Searches' of 2006, Showcases Diverse Clips From Across the Web

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Steve Irwin, Borat and the World Cup are the most sought-after clips, based on the most popular search terms entered into the Premier Video Search Platform.

Time Magazine may have made you and me the "Person of the Year," but true Web mavens had some specific personalities in mind.

ClipBlast! (http://www.clipblast.com), the premier video search and Web video guide, today announced its "Top 10 Video Searches of 2006." A wide assortment of celebrities behaving badly made the list, but the top spots went to a beloved crocodile hunter, a "Nice!" reporter from Kazakhstan and the world's biggest sporting event.

"ClipBlast! is proud to present the moments that the public wanted to watch in 2006," said Gary Baker, ClipBlast! founder and CEO. "But what we're most proud of is that we're able to locate and show, in real time, a relevant variety of video - of all kinds, from all types of sources, from all across the Web. That's something that Google, YouTube and other video-content providers aren't doing yet."

ClipBlast! compiled the list based on the year's most popular video searches at clipblast.com:

1. Steve Irwin - The crocodile hunter was celebrated, memorialized and mourned after his untimely death. View wide array of Steve Irwin clips.

2. Borat - Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man became a bona fide cultural phenomenon. View wide array of Borat clips.

3. World Cup - four weeks of nonstop soccer action, 32 national teams and one infamous head-butt scored big with sports fans. View wide array of World Cup clips.

4. Al Zarqawi - The June death of Iraq's Al-Qaeda leader in a U.S. military strike was big news on the Web. View wide array of Al Zarqawi clips.

5. Britney Spears - Between the new baby, the messy divorce and the no-panties partying, Britney was an online-video favorite. View wide array of Britney Spears clips.

6. Michael Richards - A bad stand-up comedy set laced with the liberal use of a very bad word made Kramer from Seinfeld a hit once again with Web surfers. View wide array of Michael Richards clips.

7. JonBenet Ramsey - Nearly 10 years after her unsolved murder, the nation's fascination with the tiny-tot beauty queen was rekindled by a "confession" that proved to be yet another dead end. View wide array of JonBenet clips.

8. George W. Bush - The President's popularity may have taken a beating in the opinion polls, but he came out a winner in the video-search bar. View wide array of President Bush clips.

9. Cory Lidle - The death of the New York Yankees pitcher became headline news - not just sports news - when his plane slammed into a Manhattan apartment building. View wide array of Cory Lidle clips.

10. Mel Gibson - The actor and director got a prolonged and not-too-flattering close-up after his July arrest and anti-Semitic tirade. View wide array of Mel Gibson clips.

Borat and Michael Richards, along with YouTube and the late James Kim, are also featured in ClipBlast!'s "A Life in Video." A Life in Video, which highlights the Web's best video clips on a particular subject, will officially debut in 2007.

ClipBlast!, a pioneer in Web video search, has indexed millions of video clips from across the Web. The company's patent-pending technology crawls the Web in search of video, then categorizes video files, Web pages and feeds so that the most relevant clips can be served up in real-time, on demand.


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