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Rich Skrenta shows an analysis of AOL Search terms broken down by category:

Entertainment 12.60%
Shopping 10.21%
Porn 7.19%
URL 6.78%
Research 6.77%
Misspellings 6.53%
Places 6.13%
Business 6.07%
Health 5.99%
News&Society 5.85%
Computing 5.38%
Orgs&Inst 4.46%
Home&Garden 3.82%
Autos 3.46%
Sports 3.30%
Travel 3.09%
Games 2.38%
Personal Fin 1.63%
Holidays 1.63%
Other 15.69%

Interestingly enough, both Shopping and Entertainment show significantly more search volume than porn. I guess we want our ipods and Britney gossip more often than dirty pictures.

The numbers add up to 118.96%, presumably because some search terms fall into more than one category. Representing each category on a percentile basis out of 118.96%, and organizing them into broader groups, we see that a little over a quarter of searches have some commercial component (in red below), a little under a quarter are entertainment (blue) or information (pink) related, with navigation and other making up the rest.
Searches by type

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