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June 25 2011

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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In a rare occurrence for Twitter, a holiday trend topped our chart for two weeks in a row. Father’s Day remains in the number one spot with a mix of sentiment and related hashtags.

International soccer returns to the number two slot after a week on the bottom rungs, and buzz about the NBA Draft kept basketball top-of-mind for tweeters, even after the championship games have come and gone.

To see the full list, check out the chart below. Because this is a topical list, hashtag memes and games have been omitted from the chart. The aggregate is based on Twitter’s own trending algorithm, and does not necessarily reflect raw tweet volume.

You can check Twitter trends from the past in our Top Twitter Topics section.

Top Twitter Trends This Week: 6/17 – 6/23

Father’s Day
Some users celebrated their fathers while others lamented fathers who were absent in their lives. Relevant hashtags included #ILoveMyDadEvenThough and #MyDadGetsNoCallBecause along with #HappyFathersDay.
Soccer players, managers, coaches and owners generating a lot of conversation this week were Andre Villas-Boas, Lionel Messi, Sylvain Marveaux, Daniel Levy, Joel Natalino Santana, Vitor Pereira and Raheem Sterling.
Several conversations contributed to this trend. First, there were #BasketballQuotes that reflected users’ attitudes towards players and teams. There was also the news that Ron Artest is trying to legally change his name to Metta World Peace. Finally, on Thursday night, the NBA Draft took place and many NBA draft picks hit Twitter trends.
Summer/Winter Solstice
For the Northern Hemisphere, June 21 was the longest day of the year, the first day of summer. But for those in the Southern Hemisphere, the day marked the beginning of winter. Notably, Google commissioned Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami to create a Google doodle to mark the solstice.
Ryan Dunn
Jackass star Ryan Dunn died in a car crash in Pennsylvania on June 20. There was controversy over movie reviewer Roger Ebert’s comments against drunk driving and the timing of his remarks.
Fried Kool-Aid
Chicken Charlie’s (a staple of fried rations at fairs across the country) is selling 400 to 600 orders of deep-fried Kool-Aid. Twitter users seem both fascinated and repulsed by the food.
Chris Brown
Fans of Chris Brown tweeted their affection for the singer while other responded harshly to the hashtag #ChrisBrownNeedsTo.
Jonas Brothers
Eagle-eyed Jonas Brothers fans generated several related trends when they noticed that Demi Lovato followed Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas, after unfollowing them earlier.
Clarence Clemons
Bruce Springsteen’s longtime saxophonist Clarence Clemons died on June 18 of complications from a stroke. He was probably best known for the sax solo in the song Jungleland. Clemons was 69 years old.
MuchMusic Video Awards
The MuchMusic Video Awards are annual awards presented by the Canadian music video channel to honor the year’s best music videos. Lady Gaga won Best International Video (“Judas”) and Favorite International Artist which caused her fans to celebrate.

Data aggregate courtesy of What the Trend.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, 123render

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June 20 2011

“Jackass” Star Ryan Dunn Posted Photo to Tumblr Hours Before Death

Jackass movie star Ryan Dunn died in a car crash in Pennsylvania early Monday morning. He was 34.

Hours before the crash, Dunn posted a photo to Twitter, by way of his Tumblr blog, that depicted him drinking with friends.

An unidentified passenger also died in the crash. TMZ reported Dunn was the driver of the car and speed may have been a factor.

News of the incident has caused Dunn’s name to become a trending topic on Twitter, as fans and celebrity friends tweet in remembrance of the star. Several Twitterers are also using the crash to tweet about the dangers of drunken driving — linking the Tumblr photo to the fatal accident — although the exact circumstances of what led to the crash are still unknown.

Flickr user Eric Lewis posted the image below with a caption that says the photo shows what’s left of Dunn’s car.

Dunn’s cryptic last photo is not the first of its kind. Last year, celebrity plastic surgeon Frank Ryan died in a car accident; his final tweet was a photo of himself and his dog. It was later discovered that Ryan was tweeting while driving.

More About: Jackass, Ryan Dunn, social media, tumblr, twitter

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