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July 16 2011

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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The world’s obsession with soccer in all its incarnations, is a topic too big to leave Twitter’s top trends. For the umpteenth consecutive week, fútbol remains above the fold on our chart, this time at number one.

For those of you keeping tabs on The Great Twitter Race of 2011, Justin Bieber is gaining on Lady Gaga. The Biebs just reached the 11 million follower threshold, closing in on Gaga’s 11.6 million. The milestone keeps Bieber on this week’s chart at number two.

And a surge of kid media hit the Twitterverse in these past few days. Coming in at number three on our chart is the Disney Channel show Phineas & Ferb, whose buzz was sustained at the prospect of a forthcoming movie.

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


Top Twitter Trends This Week:


Rank
Topic
Intensity
Description
#1
Soccer/Football
2
Mario Been, the head coach of Dutch football, quit his job, citing a lack of trust and confidence from his players. Patrick Vieira, French footballer of Senegalese descent, announced his retirement. The USA women’s football team defeated the Brazilian & French squads to enter the finals. And the Copa America competition continues in South America with Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay & Venezuela entering the Quarterfinals.
#2
Justin Bieber
1
Bieber reached 11 million Twitter followers coming close to the biggest account, Lady Gaga, who has 11.6 million followers.
#3
Phineas & Ferb
1
This upcoming movie spent another inexplicable week in Twitter’s Top 10 trending topics list. Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension is a movie coming out on August 5.
#4
Harper Seven Beckham
1
Victoria and David Beckham had their fourth child (and first daughter) whom they named Harper Seven. Tweeters shared their opinions of the name.
#5
Major League Baseball
1
The MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, and Derek Jeter’s pursuit of 3,000 hits caused baseball to make an infrequent appearance in the weekly top 10.
#6
Lil Wayne
1
Sorry 4 the Wait is a mixtape by Lil Wayne that was released this week.
#7
Harry Potter Movie Series
1
While awaiting the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Harry Potter fans watched other movies in the series and talked about their favorite characters and books.
#8
Demi Lovato
1
Demi Lovato hit number one on iTunes with her most recent single “Skyscraper” (released July 12, 2011). It marks the end of an almost two year hiatus from the music industry.
#9
Betty Ford
1
Betty Ford, the former First Lady of the United States (1974 to 1977), passed away on July 8.
#10
Fairly OddParents
1
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its hit show The Fairly OddParents, Nickelodeon produced a television movie, A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!.


 

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July 09 2011

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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This week’s top Twitter trends remained fairly stable, with few viral surprises.

Soccer remains at the top of the heap as the Copa América competition kicks off in Argentina. The not-guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial had the Twitterverse abuzz, landing the topic at number two. And Justin Bieber remains on our chart at number three, though the discussion these days tends to be less about the Biebs himself, and more about what it means to be his fan.

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


Top Twitter Trends This Week: 6/31 – 7/5


Rank
Topic
Intensity
Description
#1
Soccer/Football
3
There is no off-season for football players as this week the 2011 Copa América began in Argentina. It is the main international football tournament for national teams in South America and runs until July 24. The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup also continued and the quarterfinals will feature Australia, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden and the United States meeting in competition.
#2
Casey Anthony Trial
2
Many users on Twitter were absorbed by the closing arguments in the murder case against Casey Anthony and later voiced their opinion online when she was pronounced not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
#3
Justin Bieber
2
Beliebers are seemingly running out of real topics about Justin Bieber’s music as they trended “Justin Loves Curves” and #BeliebersAreWinning this week.
#4
Phineas & Ferb
1
Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension is a movie coming out on August 5. It’s been trending for several weeks now.
#5
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
1
Avid fans of the Harry Potter series were excited by the world premiere of this film on July 7 at Trafalgar Square in London. It will be released to the public on Friday, July 15.
#6
Lady Gaga
1
The perpetually busy Lady Gaga has a new worldwide tour coming and her “Little Monsters” were talking about possible dates and locations.
#7
International Kissing Day
1
Users observed International Kissing Day (or World Kiss Day) on July 6 both off-line and on Twitter.
#8
U.S. July 4th Holiday
1
U.S. tweeters celebrated the U.S. Independence Day on July 4 with fireworks, BBQ and hotdog eating contests.
#9
Glee
1
This TV show made a surprising off-season appearance on Twitter with the announcement of cast changes (the departing Chord Overstreet) and because Chris Colfer and Darren Criss and Naya Rivera and Heather Morris kissed on stage during Glee Live Tour’s final show.
#10
Wimbledon
1
This two-week long tennis tournament climaxed as Petra Kvitova defeated Maria Sharapova for the Women’s Singles title and Novak Djokovic won over Rafael Nadal to be awarded the Men’s Singles title.


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July 02 2011

June 30 2011

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


Rank
Topic
Intensity
Description
#1
Father’s Day
2
Some users celebrated their fathers while others lamented fathers who were absent in their lives. Relevant hashtags included #ILoveMyDadEvenThough and #MyDadGetsNoCallBecause along with #HappyFathersDay.
#2
Soccer/Football
2
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.
#3
NBA/NBA Draft
2
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.
#4
Summer/Winter Solstice
1
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.
#5
Ryan Dunn
1
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.
#6
Fried Kool-Aid
1
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.
#7
Chris Brown
1
Fans of Chris Brown tweeted their affection for the singer while other responded harshly to the hashtag #ChrisBrownNeedsTo.
#8
Jonas Brothers
1
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.
#9
Clarence Clemons
1
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.
#10
MuchMusic Video Awards
1
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.


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June 18 2011

June 11 2011

June 04 2011

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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Sports and Bieber. Not only is that the title of my upcoming memoir, but it about sums up the biggest Twitter trends on this week’s chart.

International soccer, a trend that has hovered around number three or four on our chart for weeks, has finally broken through to the top slot, thanks to some big matches and the discussion of FIFA politics.

Stateside, the NBA finals kicked off between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. Tweets about the tournament propelled the topic to the number two spot — a rare feat for American sports on Twitter.

And like a warm blanket, the reassuring presence of Justin Bieber returns to this week’s top 10, thanks in part to some fervent Beliebers in Latin America. The Biebs rings in at number three.

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 past Twitter trends in our Top Twitter Topics section.


Top Twitter Trends This Week: 5/27 – 6/2


Rank
Topic
Intensity
Description
#1
Soccer/Football
2
May 28 was the UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona. Barcelona won, 3-1. Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes annouced his retirement from playing football on May 31. He will now work as a coach with the club. Soccer fans also discussed their displeasure with FIFA president Sepp Blatter who was unopposed in his controversial re-election.
#2
NBA Finals
2
The NBA Finals series began this week between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. Users came up with some new nicknames for players: Batman & Robin, LeBum, LeChicken and Dirk NoRingski. The series is tied, 1-1.
#3
Justin Bieber
2
This week, Bieber fever continues unabated with new trends primarily coming from fans in Latin America.
#4
Sean Kingston
1
Singer Sean Kingston got in a jet skiing accident in Florida and was in critical condition. He has now stabilized.
#5
Gil Scott-Heron
1
Gil Scott-Heron was an influential poet and musician who died on May 27 at the age of 62. His most well-known piece is the radical “The Revolution Will Not be Televised.”
#6
Spanish Protests
1
At approximately 7 a.m. on May 27, the city council of Barcelona decided to send 350 police officers from the Mossos d’Esquadra and another 100 or so from the Guàrdia Urbana to temporarily vacate Plaça de Catalunya so that it could be cleaned ahead of the final of the Champions League final on May 28. According to police figures, more than 12,000 people gathered in Barcelona through the course of the day, angry about the earlier actions of the police.The clearing of the Barcelona camp was broadcast live by two Spanish television channels, including Antena 3, and was also widely dispersed through social networks like Twitter.
#7
Demi Lovato
1
“Lovatics,” or Demi Lovato fans, took to Twitter to send supportive messages to her.
#8
Britain’s Got Talent
1
This UK variety show aired semi-final rounds every night this week, garnering the series a lot of time in Twitter’s top trends. Contestants generating the most discussion were organist Jean Martyn, Steven Hall, Edward Reid (who sang a bunch of kids’ TV theme songs), Joe Oakley, Ronan Parke and Jay Worley.
#9
Marilyn Monroe
1
Users noted Marilyn Monroe’s 85th birthday would have occurred on June 1, 2011 if she were still living.
#10
Single Ladies
1
VH1′s first scripted series, Single Ladies, stars Lisa Raye and Stacey Dash, and premiered this week on Monday night. The show is written and created by Stacy Littlejohn and directed by Tamra Davis.


Data aggregate courtesy of What the Trend.

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May 28 2011

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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We really can’t add any additional jokes about The Rapture that haven’t already been made. Some of the best Twitter humor we’ve seen sent this topic to the top of the week’s trends. We can confirm that The Rapture did not, in fact, happen as scheduled, but has been postponed until October 21. We look forward to seeing if there will be similar spikes on Twitter’s Snark-o-Meter.

As we’ve seen in Twitter trend charts of yore, U.S. award shows are almost guaranteed top play. Were it not for the impending apocalypse, the Billboard Music Awards might have taken the number one spot. Appearances by American pop royalty got tweeters chatting, sending sentiment about the show to number two on our chart.

And the world’s favorite pastime, soccer, remains at the top of the trends for weeks on end, this time falling in at number three.

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 past Twitter trends in our Top Twitter Topics section.


Top Twitter Trends This Week: 5/20 – 5/26

Rank
Topic
Intensity
Description
#1
May 21st Rapture
3
People shared what they wanted to do before the world ended on May 21. Most users were not surprised when the Rapture didn’t happen on schedule.
#2
Billboard Music Awards
2
Ken Jeong hosted the little known Billboard Music Awards, which was heavy on musical performances. The awards show made it to the weekly top 10 thanks to fans of Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Black Eyed Peas tweeting about their appearances.
#3
Soccer/Football
1
#SurvivalSunday was the top football trend and was related to the final day in the English Premier League and not about how everyone survived the rapture. Football figures discussed Jorge Valdano, José Ángel Valdés Díaz, Augustine Azuka "Jay-Jay" Okocha and Kolo Touré who tested positive for a "specified substance."
#4
American Idol Finale
1
While Scotty McCreery won American Idol’s 10th season, the primary trend was "Damn Beyonce," referring to Beyonce’s single "1+1" which she performed for the first time on American Idol. Users also talked about former contestants who showed up this week as well as other guests like Marc Anthony.
#5
SHINee
1
Fans of the Korean band SHINee sent several members’ names into the top 10 trends as the boy band celebrated their third anniversary.
#6
Towel Day/Nerd Pride Day
1
The 25th of May is a bit of a mashup. For fans of Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the day is Towel Day. But, recently, users in Latin America, particularly Brazil, have been celebrating Towel Day as "Nerd Pride Day."
#7
NBA
1
Mike Brown is the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and was recently ejected from their game against the Boston Celtics after drawing two technical foul calls. Fans also discussed player Derrick Rose and baseball player Sammy Sosa who attended the Bulls vs. Heat game but whose skin appears to be lighter.
#8
Kim Possible
1
Kim Possible was an American animated television series that ran from 2002-2007. It was about a teenage crime fighter who has the task of dealing with worldwide, family, and school issues every day. Fans were reminiscing about the show.
#9
Lady GaGa
1
Fans of Lady Gaga caused several of her songs ("Born This Way," "Electric Chapel," "Edge of Glory," "You & I") to trend on Twitter.
#10
Randy Savage
1
Former WWF and WCW Champion "Macho Man" Randy Savage died on May 20, 2011 after suffering a heart attack while driving and crashing into a tree. Fans are remembering his great wrestling career and also that he was a colorful spokesperson for Slim Jim.

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May 21 2011

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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Justin Bieber is back at the top of the Twitter trends list, and all is right with the world. Why? No reason. Beliebers just like to reminisce, especially in the Asia Pacific.

Soccer makes its regular appearance, this time at the number two spot thanks to a few popular international matches. And the Jonas Brothers, recurring stars on our weekly list, jumped up to the number three slot as fans anticipate their latest single.

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 past Twitter trends in our Top Twitter Topics section.


Top Twitter Trends This Week: 5/13 – 5/19


Rank
Topic
Intensity
Description
#1
Justin Bieber
2
Fans of Justin Bieber are posting their memories of his "My World" concert tour. Filipino and Indonesian Beliebers tweeted hashtags about how much they like the pop singer.
#2
Soccer/Football
1
Stoke played Manchester City on May 14 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley. Manchester City won the final 1–0, claiming their fifth FA Cup triumph. There was a derby between two popular Brazilian soccer clubs, Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense and Sport Club Internacional.
#3
Jonas Brothers
1
Jonas Brothers fans are excited about "See No More," a new single. It will be released in early June and features Chris Brown. Fans also avidly discussed photos of Nick Jonas with Australian singer/actress Delta Goodrem
#4
The Vampire Diaries
1
Fans were so excited by the finale of the CW TV series The Vampire Diaries last Thursday night that the discussion continued throughout the weekend. During the finale, fans were excited that Elena finally kissed Damon. People are also tweeting about the vampire character Stefan.
#5
Friday the 13th
1
Twitter users buzzed about last Friday, May 13, and whether it was a lucky or unlucky day. They also talked about the film series Friday the 13th and the character Jason Voorhees.
#6
Spanish Politics
1
The 2011 May Spanish protests, also referred to as the 15-M Movement, Spanish revolution or Indignados (Spanish for outraged) are a series of demonstrations in Spain whose origin can be traced to social networks and the ¡Democracia Real Ya! (True Democracy Right Now!) civilian digital platform. Starting on May 15, 2011 with an initial call in 58 Spanish cities, the series of peaceful protests demand a radical change in Spanish politics. Online discussion on Twitter was initially centered around the hashtags #acampadasol and #15mani.
#7
Dominique Strauss-Kahn
1
IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arraigned on charges he raped a hotel maid. He resigned and is under house arrest.
#8
Lady GaGa
1
Tracks from Lady Gaga’s newest album Born This Way were leaked this week. The album is due to be released May 23. Also, Lady Gaga became the first Twitter account to garner 10 million followers.
#9
Two and a Half Men
1
Ashton Kutcher will be replacing Charlie Sheen on CBS TV series Two and a Half Men.
#10
Eurovision Song Contest
1
The Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was the 56th annual Eurovision Song Contest and was won by the Azerbaijani entry "Running Scared" performed by Eldar & Nigar. The event took place in the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, following Germany’s win in the previous year. The final competition took place on the evening of May 14, 2011.

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May 14 2011

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April 30 2011

April 23 2011

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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Ah, Twitter — the only place where pro sports, pot smoking, boy bands and nipples can co-mingle without messy side effects like jail.

Soccer, a trend that rarely leaves the top Twitter topics, came in at number one this week, after a player from Madrid dropped his team’s tournament trophy from the bus during a victory parade. Butter fingers like that are a clear indication this guy chose the right profession.

Everybody’s favorite psychoactive drug-themed holiday “4/20″ came in at number two, as people from around the world tweeted about their “friend” who was planning to “celebrate” the occasion, I assume with brunch and gifts.

And if you were suffering from “Obsessive Jonas Disorder” this week, you weren’t alone. Thousands of fans tweeted their symptoms, sending the boy band to number three on this week’s chart.

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 past Twitter trends in our Top Twitter Topics section.


Top Twitter Trends This Week: 4/15 – 4/21

Rank
Topic
Intensity
Description
#1
Soccer/Football
2
Real Madrid beat Barcelona 1-0 to win the Copa del Rey tournament on April 20. Sergio Ramos, the right defender of Real Madrid, dropped the Copa del Rey Cup from the top of the team bus during Real’s victory parade through the streets of Madrid and it was crushed. It was later replaced.
#2
4/20
2
Wednesday was April 20 (4/20), a counterculture holiday relating to the drug reference "420" for consuming marijuana.
#3
Jonas
Brothers
2
Jonas Brothers fans are sharing symptoms of the "Obsessive Jonas Disorder."
#4
NBA
Playoffs
1
The NBA Playoffs began and the most discussed players include Dwyane Wade (Heat), Ray Allen (Celtics), Chris Paul (Hornets), Jared Jeffries (Knicks), Jeff Foster (Pacers), Evan Turner (76ers) and Jermaine O’Neal (Celtics).
#5
Hard
Nipples
1
This trend was started by a fake Rebecca Black account and retweeted. Then, people couldn’t stop asking why it was trending.
#6
Coachella
1
The 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was last weekend and it was broadcast live on YouTube. Bands that trended include Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, Kings of Leon, Gogol Bordello and Freelance Whales.
#7
Elisabeth
Sladen
1
Elisabeth Sladen, who starred as Doctor Who’s Sarah-Jane Smith, has passed away after a long fight with cancer.
#8
Jamie
Laou
1
Jamie Laou, better known online as iJever, is a Justin Bieber lookalike from Australia who is getting a lot of criticism because he reportedly hates Bieber and his fans.
#9
Justin
Bieber
1
Justin Bieber fans once again caused him to be a top trending topic as they discussed "KidRauhl," Bieber’s original YouTube account. Longtime fans are tweeting "Kidrauhl is forever."
#10
One
Direction
1
This is trending because fans of the boy band One Direction are having a Twitter feud with the fans of boy band The Wanted. One Direction is a band that was formed by Simon Cowell on the UK TV series X Factor.

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April 16 2011

April 09 2011

April 02 2011

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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What was the world tweeting about this past week? In a word: sports. Four out of ten of this week’s top trends come from global athletics.

But all that sports chatter couldn’t top GaGa, whose 25th birthday and 9 million followers sent her name straight to the top of this week’s chart.

A rumor about the death of martial arts movie star Jackie Chan began to percolate and pick up steam on Twitter around the middle of the week. Despite obvious indications of it being a hoax, celeb death rumors move a lot of tweets, and the surge positioned the trend at number two. So much for Twitter being a reliable breaking news network.

And rounding out the top set, soccer makes its regular appearance in the number three slot, thanks to a few popular international friendlies.

To see the full list of trends, check out the chart below, compiled by our friends at What the Trend. 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 past Twitter trends in our Top Twitter Topics section, and read more about this past week’s trends on What The Trend.


Top Twitter Trends This Week: 3/25 – 4/1

Rank
Topic
Intensity
Description
#1
Lady
GaGa
1
Lady Gaga fans celebrated her 25th birthday and that her Twitter account now has 9 million followers.
#2
Jackie Chan Death Hoax
1
There are reports on Twitter that Jackie Chan has passed away but it is a hoax. Despite people knowing this, they are repeating this trend.
#3
Soccer/Football
1
Clube Atletico Mineiro (GALO), a major Brazilian soccer team, celebrated the 103rd anniversary of their team. Ghana faced off with the England national team in an international friendly match as did the USA and Argentina.
#4
New York City
1
People are tweeting messages directed towards New York City.
#5
Oxford English Dictionary
1
LOL, OMG and FYI have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
#6
Formula 1 Racing
1
Formula 1 Racing fans talked about KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), a system now is use in Formula 1. Users were following the results of the Australian Grand Prix.
#7
Cricket
1
Cricket fans were very excited about the ICC World Cup 2011 semi-final between India and Pakistan.
#8
NCAA March Madness
1
College basketball fans tweeted about teams they were following in the NCAA Basketball Tournament as they moved into the Final Four: Butler, UConn, Kentucky and VCU.
#9
Britney Spears
1
Britney Spears took the stage of the Rain Club in the Palms Las Vegas casino to film an MTV special as part of her Femme Fatale album promotion. She also performed on Good Morning America.
#10
Geraldine Ferraro
1
Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman and Italian-American to run on a U.S. presidential ticket, died at the age of 75.

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March 31 2011

March 26 2011

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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Web culture can be fleeting, but when the Internet grabs hold of something it really, really loves to make fun of, a mere mortal meme can transcend the petty bounds of its digital adolescence and live forever in the soul of our civilization — the uber-meme, as Nietzsche (would have so obviously) described it.

That spiritual transformation is upon us, my friends, and its name is Rebecca Black. Since surfacing on the social web in mid-March, there’s not a single tube on the Internet you can crawl through without hearing her … what’s the word … voice. Twitter — the womb from which Black’s ironic fame was born — is no exception. Her name has been trending over the course of three weeks, and while she played second fiddle on last week’s chart, she’s finally claimed the throne once occupied by the likes of Super Junior, and yes, even The Great Bieber himself.

What’s the rest of the world been up to while we’ve been working on our Rebecca Black cover songs? Does it even matter?

To view the past week through Twitter’s eyes, check out the chart below, compiled by our friends at What the Trend. 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 past Twitter trends in our Top Twitter Topics section, and read more about this past week’s trends on What The Trend.


Top Twitter Trends This Week: 3/18 – 3/25

Rank
Topic
Intensity
Description
#1
Rebecca Black
4
Rebecca Black is a 13 year old singer from Orange County, California with a music video on YouTube that many people find amusing or annoying. Her video has been viewed 46 million times.
#2
Full Moon
2
Dubbed the “Supermoon,” last Saturday’s full moon appeared 14% bigger and up to 30% brighter than normal.
#3
H1N1
1
Eugenia Sader, the Venezuelan Minister of Health, confirmed that there are 100 cases of influenza AH1N1 nationwide. There are concerns about the virus in other Latin American countries.
#4
UK Comic Relief
1
Red Nose Day is part of the UK Comic Relief campaign, an annual charity fundraiser held each March by the BBC. Funds are raised by a telethon and also by various "fun" events by celebrities, businesses and members of the public across the UK.
#5
Knut
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A Berlin zoo official says world-famous polar bear Knut has died. Bear keeper Heiner Kloes said that four-year-old Knut died last Saturday afternoon while alone in his compound and the cause is not yet clear
#6
Elizabeth Taylor
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Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress, has died at the age 79 of heart failure. She was a tireless fundraiser for HIV/AIDS research.
#7
Libyan Conflict
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French Rafale fighter jets are flying combat missions over Libya. Missiles were fired from U.S. warships on targets in Libya. Operation Odyssey Dawn is the name for this operation.
#8
Soccer/Football
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Gilson Kleina will take over as interim coach of the Fluminense Football Club. American international Stuart Holden was the victim of an awful two-footed tackle by Manchester United center back Johnny Evans that saw the defender lunge for a 50-50 ball and dive straight onto the midfielder’s knee.
#9
Alexz Johnson
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Alexz Johnson is a Canadian singer-songwriter, best known for her role as Jude Harrison in the CTV series Instant Star.
#10
UFC
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Ultimate Fighting Championship 128 was held with many notable matches including Shogun vs. Jones, Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic vs. Brendan Schaub, and Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland.

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