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Kardashian, iPhone, Census top Canadian web trends in 2011

12/23/2011 07:27 EST | Updated 02/22/2012 05:12 EST

Year-end lists of the most popular phrases on the biggest websites in 2011 suggest that Canadians were preoccupied with Kim Kardashian and the Canadian dollar, acquiring an iPhone and plumping up their online resumés with words like “creative” and “effective.”

What people say and do in cyberspace has become a reliable barometer of larger social trends, and the most-used phrases on search engines like Yahoo, Bing and Google, the video portal YouTube, local classifieds site Kijiji and career networking site LinkedIn paint a fascinating picture of what average Canadians were saying and doing in 2011.

Here’s a look at the top Canadian searches on the web’s biggest sites.

Top searches on Yahoo:

1. Canadian dollar

2. Research In Motion

3. Canada Post

4. William & Kate

5. American Idol

6. Kim Kardashian

7. Census 2011

8. UFC

9. Pippa Middleton

10. Scarlett Johansson

Top searches on Bing:

1. Kim Kardashian

2. Lindsay Lohan

3. Britney Spears

4. Pippa Middleton

5. Jennifer Aniston

6. Lady Gaga

7. Megan Fox

8. Jennifer Lopez

9. Justin Bieber

10. Kanye West

Fastest-rising searches on Google:

1. www.census2011.gc.ca

2. Skyrim

3. Canada Post strike

4. Rebecca Black

5. Ryan Dunn

6. Japan earthquake

7. Game of Thrones

8. Jack Layton

9. Royal wedding

10. Google Plus

Most-watched videos on YouTube:

1. Rebecca Black – Friday

2. Ultimate Dog Tease

3. Maria Aragon – Born This Way by Lady Gaga

4. Eric Wants to Sell His Stuff. Fast.

5. Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)

6. Nyan cat

7. Songify This – Winning – a song by Charlie Sheen

8. The Force: Volkswagen Commercial

9. Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking – Epic Rap Battles of History #7

10. Emerson – Mommy’s Nose is Scary!

Most searched items on Kijiji:

1. iPhone

2. Mustang

3. Honda

4. Civic

5. Jeep

6. iPad

7. iPhone 4

8. Blackberry

9. BMW

10. Camaro

Most overused buzzwords on LinkedIn:

1. Creative

2. Effective

3. Motivated

4. Extensive experience

5. Problem solving

6. Track record

7. Innovative

8. Communication skills

9. Dynamic

10. Interpersonal skills

Sources: Google, Bing, Yahoo, YouTube, Kijiji, LinkedIn

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