Recessions are Good for Google, Yahoo and Wikipedia

Some new data out from Hitwise showing the traffic patterns that Google/Yahoo are having during the current market misadventures. Turns out that panicky investors are compulsively checking out what’s up in markets via their favorite money & finance sites, like Google and Yahoo Finance.

As a related aside, searches for "recession" are on the rise, as we have talked about here. But what’s particularly interesting is that most searches for "recession" end up at the Wikipedia definition thereof. It strikes me that people in the U.S. uncertain about the subject will soon be able to draw on personal experience for an answer.