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If you want insight as to how much the internetknows about you, just look at the annual Zeitgeist. Every time we search for something, the internet knows and tracks it. Twitter monitors our Tweets, Facebook tracks our statii. We can pretend to be elite in our taste, artsy in our culture, savvy in our current events but the internet knows the truth: we don't know how to type in a web address.
The fastest rising Googled term in Canada for 2011 was www.census2011.gc.ca. A web address. A simple website that we could type in a browser bar to get to the Canadian Census, but people put in the search bar. It shows a lot about us, we Google everything.
Here are the other top things we sought this past year:
3. Canada Post strike
4. Rebecca Black
5. Ryan Dunn
Top Google Image Searches:
1. Justin Bieber
2. Selena Gomez
3. Kim Kardashian
4. Katy Perry
Top Recipe Searches:
1. Pork Tenderloin
3. Butter Chicken
4. Quinoa Salad
5. Cake Pops
Google has put together the top events from around the world in a great video, the Google Zeitgeist for 2011.
Twitter's in on the act too with Trending topics. This year's Golden Tweet (the most retweeted message on the service) goes to .. .. .. Wendy's:
RT for a good cause. Each retweet sends 50¢ to help kids in foster care. #TreatItFwd
— Wendy's (@Wendys) June 15, 2011
Twitter has a variety of social graphs tracking our activity over the past 12 months. The most tweeted event was Beyonce's belly at the MTV VMAs beating out the execution of Troy Davis and the end of the FIFA Women's World Cup.
The top #hashtags of 2011, showing you Twitter is 60% sillly, were:
An arbitrary list, Top 50 Funniest Tweets of 2011, is fun too and saw this at number one:
ME TOO!! ITS LIKE WHEN YOUR DAD HELPED GET O.J. OFF!! RT @KimKardashian: WHAT!!??!! CASEY ANTHONY NOT GUILTY!!!! I'm speechless!!!
— Eli Braden (@EliBraden) July5, 2011
Facebook is calling their countdown Memology 2011. The most popular global status update topics in 2011 were led by the Death of Osama bin Laden, Packers win the Super Bowl, Casey Anthony found not guilty, Charlie Sheen, and the Death of Steve Jobs.
In Canada, things were a little different:
1. lms (Yes, the top thing in Canada was for Facebook users to beg their friends to "lms" - like my status)
2. Jack Layton
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
4. Death of Osama bin Laden
5. Charlie Sheen