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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Fire (that's hot) and Ice (hockey)?

From the Star, this is supposedly a list of the top 10 Canadian and U.S. Yahoo searches so far in 2006:

U.S. Searches

1. Britney Spears
2. WWE
3. Shakira
4. Jessica Simpson
5. Paris Hilton
6. American Idol
7. Beyoncé Knowles
8. Chris Brown
9. Pamela Anderson
10. Lindsay Lohan

Canadian Searches

1. NHL
2. FIFA World Cup
3. American Idol
4. Rock Star Supernova
5. WWE
6. Neopets
7. Revenue Canada
8. Days of Our Lives
9. Environment Canada
10. Jessica Simpson

Neopets? Environment Canada?? Much as I'd like to think that me and my fellow countrymen do more searches for our federal environmental agency than for Britney Spears, I am skeptical.

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  • My God it's true, we are boring.

    Jessica Simpson? She's so 1995.

    By Blogger sean incognito, at 9:24 PM  

  • I suspect the Environment Canada search is for the weather office. Canadians love to know what's up with the weather.

    By Blogger Greg, at 7:57 AM  

  • I can see why people are searching things like Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, etc...they are looking for pics/sex tapes, etc.

    But why are people searching "NHL"...why aren't they just typing in '', or ''?? Either these entities aren't doing a good job at marketing their web address, or their users haven't discovered the Address bar yet...methinks the latter...

    By Blogger DK, at 4:05 PM  

  • Good points all around (except Sean - wasn't Jessica Simpson around 15 in 1995?)

    Although, following dk's thinking, I'm surprised that people type out 'Environment Canada' over and over rather than bookmarking the page with their weather (or why don't they type 'weather [city name]' which would be shorter and more direct.

    I guess maybe people don't want the official NHL site, they just want info on the NHL (although the official site is pretty good). That's less of an excuse for the WWE where odds are you want the official site.

    By Blogger Declan, at 5:06 PM  

  • Many people just have Google as their homepage. Especially since the cursor jumps immediately to the search bar, it's sometimes easier just to type and hit "I'm feeling lucky".

    As to why these are the top searches on Yahoo, let me quote someone from Slashdot a few days ago: "Yahoo: wasn't that one of those pre-Google search engines?"

    By Anonymous Nicholas, at 6:36 PM  

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