Canadians using Google for obvious sites

Dec. 10, 2008 at 10:03 AM
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TORONTO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The top two Google Internet searches Canadians made last year were for the obviously named Facebook and Youtube sites, Google reported Wednesday.

Google Canada spokesman Andrew Swartz told the Globe and Mail no one understands why users don't simply go to the sites by adding a dot-com suffix.

"It's a little redundant, obviously, but clearly it happens a lot," he said.

The Canadian top 10 list had lyrics as the third most popular search, followed by weather, games, Google itself, Hotmail, Yahoo, maps and Canada, the company said.

Swartz said people were likely Googling Google itself because of its other products, such as Google Maps and Google Earth.

The company has released an annual top 10 list for U.S. searches since 2001, but this is the first year it expanded to include 35 other countries, the report said.

Universally, the No. 1 search was for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in November's election, the company said.

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