AOL Canada  commemorates 2011 by revealing their most-searched terms and most shared stories of the year from popular categories including: news, celebs, politics-business, memes, movies and more! Demonstrating its understanding of relevant online conversations, AOL and The Huffington Post Canada unveil the top 10 lists that resonated among Canadians from the spectacle that was the Royal Wedding to the passing of former NDP leader, Jack Layton.
“Being in the online space affords us the amazing and targeted insight to create and generate the original and compelling content AOL and the Huffington Post are known for,” says Graham Moysey, general manager, AOL Canada. “2011 was an eventful year and our team is honoured to have been a major part of the dialogue on prominent stories, including the Vancouver riots and the Ontario Election race.”
Capturing the attention of millions of viewers from around the globe, the Royal Wedding topped the news circuit as the most-searched term, followed by the highly-publicized strike at Air Canada and the controversial trial of Casey Anthony. Natural disasters also dominated online dialogues; from the Japan earthquake and Hurricane Irene to the tornado in Goderich Ontario, Mother Nature occupied spots 4, 6 and 7 in the news category.
In celeb news, the music world was deeply saddened to learn that British singer-songwriter, Amy Winehouse was found dead in her Camden home this past July. An international talent, Winehouse also topped the UK most-searched list and appeared in the eighth spot in the US celebrity category. Behind Winehouse, another popular Brit, Pippa Middleton came in a close second for the number two spot, followed by Ryan Dunn and our own- Stratford native and pop-sensation, Justin Bieber.
Other notable highlights from AOL’s “Year End Hot Searches” include top 10 car brands that had people talking, the top 10 TV shows and the top 10 tech gadgets of the year! Go onlinefor a complete list  of AOL’s global (United States, United Kingdom and Canada) 2011 Search results and take AOL’s online poll:
Who was Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year for 2011?