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What Canadians Were Searching for in 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
In a previous post, we looked at the top searches for 2009 broken down by major search engine.  This week we will be looking at what people were searching for in various countries.  We start with my native Canada.  The following lists were the top searches queries in Google for 2009.  It appears that Canadians are using Google to find the information central to their lives.

It is interesting to note that in the 100th Anniversary of the famed Montreal Canadiens hockey franchise, searches for "Montreal Canadiens" or related did not make any of the lists.  Without further adieu, here is a look at what Canadians were searching for in 2009.

Fastest Rising

  1. twitter
  2. blackberry
  3. yahoo mail
  4. accèsd
  5. craigslist
  6. natasha richardson
  7. justin bieber
  8. new moon
  9. michael jackson
  10. google street view

Interesting to see Michael Jackson barely crack the top 10 when he was the number two searched for term in the United States.  It is equally interesting that Natasha Richardson, who was involved in a fatal skiing accident in Quebec is at number six.  Does anyone else find it interesting that Canadians are using Google to search for "Yahoo mail" as opposed to Google's Gmail?

Most Popular

  1. facebook
  2. youtube
  3. lyrics
  4. weather
  5. hotmail
  6. google
  7. games
  8. yahoo
  9. map
  10. kijiji

Canadians are avid Facebook users and I believe are among the world's leaders when it comes to using Facebook.  No surprise here.  Noticeably abscent is Twitter which appears to be more popular States-side than here in Canada.  (Although Twitter was on the fastest rising list).  I want to point out that yet again, Canadians are using Google when searching for an email service to find  "hotmail" rather than searching for Google's own email service Gmail.

Fastest-Rising News searches

  1. swine flu
  2. susan boyle
  3. natasha richardson
  4. jon and kate
  5. h1n1
  6. flu
  7. rihanna
  8. new moon
  9. chris brown
  10. michael jackson

Top "How-to" searches

  1. how to kiss
  2. how to draw
  3. how to flirt
  4. how to meditate
  5. how to crochet
  6. how to sing
  7. how to hack
  8. how to dance
  9. how to paint
  10. how to fight
I would suggest that Canadians are lovers not fighters, but the entry at number ten would suggest otherwise.  I guess that there are a lot of up and coming hockey players using Google (just kidding).  Canadians are also eco concious and are interested in going green.

Top Organic searches

  1. planet organic
  2. organic food
  3. organic farming
  4. organic gardening
  5. whole foods
  6. organic meadow
  7. organic makeup
  8. organic milk
  9. canadian organic growers
  10. organic cotton
It is interesting to see what one of the  world's most plugged in nations are searching for.  Canadians are no doubt unique in some of their searching habits and the queries they search for. 

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