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‘Minkynet’ tops the list in keyword searches

The fourth most-searched word on Google Korea since 2004 has been an obscure pornography streaming site called Minky Love Me, better known by users as “Minkynet” in Korea, according to Google Trends on Thursday.

“Minkynet” is the biggest content circulator of pornography that caters to Korean-speaking adults in the United States, Japan, Australia and Europe, where adult content is legal. The site also blocks minors from accessing it.

Visitors can view a variety of content ranging from videos to pornographic photos and cartoons.

The online traffic is attributable to the frequent web domain changes which has also prevented crackdowns from the Korean government.

Over the past 11 years, the most frequently entered keywords on Google Korea were “Naver,” followed by “Daum” and “Torrent,” according to Google Trends.

Naver is Korea’s top portal site and search engine, followed by Daum, which owns mobile messenger app KakaoTalk. Naver and Daum are also competitors to Google Korea.

Last year, the most-searched word was “weather,” followed by “Auction” and “GMarket,” with Hollywood animation megahit “Frozen” rounding out the list at number five.

Auction and GMarket are online stores run by the Korean unit of American online commerce giant eBay.

Figure-skater queen Kim Yuna topped the list in the “People” category, while “Sewol” topped the list in the Society section.

In the “IT Gadgets” section, “iPhone 6” took the top spot, followed by “Galaxy S5,” while the most-searched brands were Adidas and Nike.

As of Thursday, Torrent and Naver were both the most frequently-searched keywords in 2014, followed by “Minkynet,” “Daum,” “Torrent,” “Google” and “19,” the legal age of adulthood in Korea.

BY SEO JI-EUN [seo.jieun@joongang.co.kr]

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