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September 18 2013

Why You Were Added to Twitter Spam Lists
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Over the last few days, Twitter spammers have been urging users to find out Louis Tomlinson's phone number, hear a leaked version of One Direction's new album and get a free iPhone.

What's notable is that these spammers weren't sending tweets or direct messages. Instead, they made use of Twitter's list function, adding people to various lists and indirectly pointing thousands of users toward spam sites.

Lists are typically used to organize Twitter users into more distinct groups. You might have separate lists for celebrities, colleagues and friends, which allows you to monitor several different streams at the same time through tools like TweetDeck. A few months back, Twitter increased the number of lists each user can have from 20 to 1,000 and the maximum number of accounts in each list from 500 to 5,000. Read more...

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May 31 2013

How to Get Started With New Twitter Lists
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Now that Twitter Lists have gotten a major upgrade, we're excited about the prospect of better organizing our Twitter feed into easily viewable categories

Previously, you could only create 20 lists. Now, you can make up to 1,000, and those lists can contain as many as 5,000 accounts — a big improvement on the prior cap of 500 accounts

We've taken a look at how to create, manage and share Twitter lists. Take a look at our simple walkthrough in the gallery above — then let us know in the comments below if these changes will make you more likely to get Twitter listin' Read more...

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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!.


 

Data aggregate courtesy of What the Trend.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, 123render

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July 10 2011

July 09 2011

40 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed


Whew! This week was awash with news. So, we transformed that news into advice, tips and how-to’s that you can reference for years to come.

Take Facebook’s video chat launch — we’ll guide you in setting it up. Or the space shuttle launch — we provide the Twitter accounts for dozens of astronauts and space experts. And Google+ has been on the minds of millions — we present its pros and cons. Mashable not only releases breaking news, we help you learn how to apply it to your business, your interests and your personal life.

If spare time for reading didn’t exactly factor into your busy week, here’s a roundup of resources that appeared on Mashable.


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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.


Data aggregate courtesy of What the Trend.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, 123render

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July 08 2011

Space Tweets: 23 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Astronomy Lovers


Let’s face it — we all wanted to go to space camp when we were little. Here’s a list of people who probably did, and then forged careers from their obsessions with the final frontier.

Twitter provides a wealth of space information. NASA’s comprehensive Twitter presence tracks all of their space missions and astronauts. Physicists and space writers constantly pose theories on the future of space exploration. And space advocates get behind Congressional policy. So click the follow buttons to space out your Twitter feed!

Please let us know your favorite galactic tweeters in the comments below.


1. @NASA


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A convenient feed for all things NASA, including launch news, astronaut updates, space discoveries and interactive media.


2. @nasa_astronauts




A handy little tool to keep track of NASA astronauts in one convenient Twitter feed.


3. @Astro_Ron




One of the astronauts currently tweeting from space, with hashtag #fromspace.


4. @Astro_Satoshi




Another astronaut currently in space, Satoshi's tweets keep you on the edge of your seat: "It’s been the one got closest to ISS ever. The relative speed was 13km/second.If it hit ISS, it would have been a disaster with holes on ISS."


5. @Astro_Mike




The first astronaut to tweet from space, Mike Massimino tweets like a regular guy despite his orbital credentials.


6. @Astro_Naoko




She tweets mostly in Japanese, but translate astronaut Naoko Yamazaki's feed to hear about her experiences logging over 362 hours in space.


7. @Astro_Nicole




Astronaut Nicole Stott presents her space perspective with photos like this.


8. @Astro_Soichi




Astronaut Soichi Noguchi plays guessing games with his space twitpics.


9. @ClaraMoskowitz




Space.com writer Clara Moskowitz lets her geeky space enthusiasm shine brightly!


10. @garrettlisi




Physicist and thrill-seeker Garrett Lisi does motocross and gets "lifted to a hundred feet by a crane, and rappelled from the sixth floor window of a fire crisped building." Oh, and he also tweets about space.


11. @ProfBrianCox




A research fellow in the particle physics department at the University of Manchester, Brian Cox applies political and economic spin to space travel.


12. @badastronomer




Snarky tweeter and astronomer Phil Plait petitions for Congressional funding for space exploration.


13. @neiltyson




Astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson gets snarky about the state and funding of space exploration today.


14. @michiokaku




Best-selling author and physicist Michio Kaku shares blog posts from his own wealth of knowledge.


15. @astronomymag




Astronomy Magazine publishes a great collection of space news and entertainment. Plus they tweet about "zombie stars."


16. @SETIInstitute




The institute poses cutting-edge theories and arguments for the prospect of contacting extra terrestrial life.


17. @SPACEdotcom




Space.com is a go-to source for space news - very comprehensive!


18. @chandraxray




Part of Chandra's mission is to study black holes - let's hope it doesn't get sucked into another Twitter dimension!


19. @NASA_Hubble




The good ol' Hubble telescope tweets charming and poignant pictures.


20. @CassiniSaturn




If you like it, then put a ring on it. The Cassini spacecraft gathers stunning data and images of Saturn's rings, moons and storms.


21. @NASAVoyager




This feed posts occasional updates fom NASA’s twin Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft.


22. @AsteroidWatch




NASA's official Asteroid Watch on Twitter tracks the celestial bodies as they near earth, and provides photos and videos of their paths across the sky.


23. @NASAWebbTelescp




Although it's looking at a 2018 launch date, this feed includes preparations and building procedures for the future Webb Telescope.

Image courtesy of Sweetie187.

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July 06 2011

7 Twitter Marketing Campaigns to Learn From


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While marketing activities on Twitter are often described by silly, Twitterized words — like tweetathon, twontest and tweetchat — these types of campaigns have proven successful for marketers and brands of all sizes.

There are a number of winning Twitter strategies used by top brands, but those same companies tend to mix up the types of individual marketing campaigns they run on Twitter, whether paid or organic.

Here are seven successful Twitter marketing campaigns from American Airlines, Network Solutions, UNICEF India, IBM, USA for UNHCR, McDonald’s Canada and appbackr. Read about their successes below and share your brand’s Twitter campaign victories in the comments.


1. American Airlines: Celebrate Successes with a Hashtag


In celebration of the 30th anniversary of its AAdvantage loyalty program, American Airlines ran a Twitter contest called “Tweet to Win 30K Miles.”

The Twitter contest was a smaller portion of a larger campaign, called “Deal 30,” which involved 30 partner deals and promotions over 30 weekdays. The AAdvantage team created a microsite that promoted a new daily partner deal or promotion — the Twitter contest occurred on the fourth day of the promotion. Participants had to register their AAdvantage number on a microsite, tweet the #Deal30 hashtag and follow the @AAdvantage account to enter for a chance to win 30,000 AAdvantage miles.

The campaign was promoted primarily through AAdvantage and American Airlines’ social media channels with the goals of driving traffic to the Deal 30 microsite to increase buzz for the remaining deals and to attract new Twitter followers for the recently launched @AAdvantage Twitter account.

Success Metrics: Within one week, the microsite’s bit.ly link gained nearly 18,000 clicks via Twitter, and the @AAdvantage Twitter account experienced a 70% increase in followers. And overall, retweets on Twitter increased 43% and the Deal 30 microsite garnered more than 27,000 entries.

Lesson: Weber Shandwick account supervisor and AAdvantage community manager Colin Alsheimer shares his takeaways about the campaign with Mashable:

“Given a valuable enough incentive, users will complete several registration steps for entry. The requirement to share a specific tweet and hashtag to an entrants own social network is what drove the success of this promotion, especially given that it wasn’t heavily supported by other media channels. In the future, we’d probably require that users take fewer steps for entry in order to increase the total number of entrants. Including a specific and unique hashtag was essential for tracking purposes.”


2. Network Solutions: Use Twitter to Promote Larger Social Campaigns


During the 2011 Super Bowl, domain registrar Network Solutions aimed to detract from competitor GoDaddy’s risqué media blitz while promoting its .CO product offerings. Instead of directly competing with GoDaddy’s substantial Super Bowl ad buy, Network Solutions worked with agency CRT/tanaka to spoof GoDaddy’s infamous Super Bowl commercials with hopes of garnering attention on Twitter among social media influencers.

With a $200,000 budget, the company developed a concept around Go Granny, “the original domain girl,” and created a series of mockumentary vignettes featuring Academy Award-winner Cloris Leachman.

While the campaign was centered around one parody commercial hosted on YouTube (embedded above), Twitter played a large role in the promotion and success of the campaign.

“Go Granny’s antics did not stop on YouTube. She took her sassy personality to drive traffic to the video,” says CRT/tanaka director of social media Priya Ramesh. “She took over Twitter for three one-hour long tweetcapades on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Super Bowl weekend. During the tweetcapades, @Go_Granny‘s tweets were carefully targeted to win the attention of influencers like Guy Kawasaki and Scott Monty, under the premise she was inviting people to her Super Bowl party. The team of powerful mommy bloggers at BlogHer participated in the tweetcapades as well, tapping into their extensive networks.”

Success Metrics: In five days, the campaign inspired more than 3,500 tweets and garnered nearly 20 million impressions across Twitter, reports agency CRT/tanaka. On top of that, #GoGranny became a trending topic in Washington, D.C., and top influencers who tweeted about Go Granny included Gina Trapani and Brian Solis. Even more impressive, the company’s sales of the .CO domain increased by more than 500% during Super Bowl weekend as a direct result of the campaign.

Lesson: “Twitter is extremely helpful for generating buzz around an online social media campaign, but it needs support from other social outlets as well,” says Shashi Bellamkonda, director of social media and PR at Network Solutions. He continues:

“For maximum success, Twitter can’t stand alone. Beyond tweeting, our team dropped blog posts about the campaign, alerted our Facebook base, sent out an email to our customer, issued a press release and conducted traditional media outreach. We also worked with BlogHer to tap into their extensive network of influential women and mom bloggers. If marketers do their homework and recognize that Twitter campaigns must go hand-in-hand with other efforts, they will increase their overall success. In our case, once the Go Granny tweetcapades started, there was no stopping them.”


3. UNICEF India: Show Celebrities Their Impact on Social Good Projects


UNICEF India’s agency, OgilvyOne Worldwide, enlisted social agency BUZZVALVE to manage a three-month social media campaign to promote UNICEF’s “Awaaz Do” (which means “lend your voice” in Hindi) initiative, an effort to send eight million unschooled Indian children back to education.

“The thrust of our campaign lay in targeting influential personas and celebrities on Twitter,” says BUZZVALVE CEO Rohan Chandrashekhar. “A retweet or a mention by them proved crucial for our outreach program and to get word out about the campaign.”

Bollywood icons Priyanka Chopra and Shekhar Kapur were among others to tweet about the campaign. BUZZVALVE encouraged their participation by showing them how big of an impact they had on the initiative. Chandrashekhar explains:

“We set up a two-way communication channel between us and them, where we were able to show them through our analytics the kind of impact they were having on Twitter and among their followers on every retweet or mention about the campaign. In effect, rather than have them formally ‘endorse’ the campaign, we helped them ‘participate’ actively. Our analytics helped them understand their own influence and this acted as an encouragement for them be active campaigners. We thus created an environment for them to engage with us and the ‘Awaaz Do’ cause directly, by making real-time info about their impact available to them.”

Success Metrics: During the three-month campaign, the #AWAAZDO hashtag received 1,525 mentions and the @UNICEFIndia Twitter account gained 2,198 followers. The campaign itself received 60,540 impressions on Twitter during the time period, as calculated using Tweetreach. By the end of the campaign, the Awaaz Do website garnered 203,248 signups of people interested in “joining the movement” to help get India’s children back to school.

Lesson: Non-profit organizations can increase their celebrity endorsers’ activity with a campaign by showing them just how impactful their Twitter involvement is. Sharing analytics with celebrities involved in the campaign can encourage them to share the campaign with their followers more often.


4. IBM: Aggregate & Organize Event Conversation


For Lotusphere 2011, one of IBM’s annual user conferences for customers and partners, the tech firm expanded its typical social media strategy and created a social media hub, a single online landing page providing a live stream of blogs, Twitter comments, Flickr photos and videos of keynote sessions and interviews from the conference. To keep chatter organized on Twitter, the company employed the hashtag #ls11.

Success Metrics: By mid-event at Lotusphere 2011, which takes place from January 30 to February 3, there were more than 20,000 tweets tagged with the #ls11 hashtag, and the hub site’s video channel had garnered 34,000 views. As of February 15, 2011, there were more than 35,000 tweets with the #ls11 hashtag, and 9,500 of those tweets were retweeted. IBM calculates that the campaign garnered more than 41 million total impressions on Twitter.

Lesson: Whether it’s as simple as employing a hashtag or as strategic as creating a social landing page, aggregating and organizing conversation around your brand, especially during events, is key to making a splash on Twitter.


5. USA for UNHCR: Hold a Tweetathon


For World Refugee Day this year, USA for UNHCR held a “tweetathon” as part of its overall Blue Key Campaign, which asks Americans to purchase a symbolic $5 Blue Key pin or pendant to show their support for refugees worldwide and the 6,000 UNHCR staffers who work 24/7 to assist them.

The tweetathon took place on Monday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, seven days before World Refugee Day, and it featured a number of social-savvy “Blue Key Champions” tweeting via their personal Twitter accounts for at least an hour each, while supporting tweets originating from the official @UNRefugeeAgency Twitter handle. Roya Hosseini, wife of The Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini and the Twitter voice of the Khaled Hosseini Foundation (@tkhf) also appeared on the tweetathon as a special guest, which especially increased awareness of the tweetathon and campaign.

Success Metrics: On the day of the tweetathon, 1,524 tweets used the #bluekey hashtag, which is a significant increase over the daily average of 50 that occurred during the rest of the campaign. Traffic to the Blue Key website also increased 169% over the previous high point. Furthermore, more than 50% of key purchases for that week were a result of the tweetathon.

Lesson: A tweetathon can significantly benefit a time-sensitive social good campaign. USA for UNHCR’s social media consultant Shonali Burke explains that the campaign experienced a huge bump in activity as a result of using Twitter:

“From December 2010 (when the Blue Key site was launched) until April 2011, there were approximately 1,100 keys dispatched. For the duration of the 6-week campaign (May 9 to June 20), there were 2,645 keys dispatched, and significant awareness created via online and social media. That’s a huge jump in just 6 weeks.”


6. McDonald’s Canada: Target Specific Users with a Promoted Account


Agency Golin Harris recently launched a geo-targeted Promoted Account for its client, McDonald’s Canada, which was the first brand in Canada to execute such a campaign. The goal was to leverage Promoted Accounts to increase @McD_Canada’s average new followers by using a ‘suggested follow’ that targeted Twitter users via specified keywords and hashtags.

While the client declined to share specific keywords used, citing “the competitive nature of how McDonald’s Canada gains followers using Promoted Accounts,” it was quite pleased with the results, noting that the use of diverse keywords and hashtags enabled the company to reach viewers of many demographics with many different interests.

Success Metrics: With a total budget of $15,000 USD, McDonald’s Canada gained 9,503 new followers over the course of the campaign. The campaign also drew in 14,200 profile views and resulted in a 4% overall engagement rate, which includes retweets, replies, favorites and clicks. This engagement rate is quite high when one considers that advertising click-through rates are generally subzero percentages.

Lesson: Paid advertising on Twitter, including Promoted Tweets, Trends and Accounts, can be an option for brands looking to gain new eyes. Brands should test out various hashtags and keywords to target their desired audience. “The Twitter team acted as a great resource to help McDonald’s Canada test out different keywords and bids to gain the greatest amount of new followers,” notes Karin Campbell, senior manager of external communications, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited.


7. appbackr: Increase Site Traffic with Promoted Tweets & Accounts


App marketplace appbackr began using Promoted Tweets and Account in mid-May to promote the LSATMax app that is currently on its way to funding its next iteration via the appbackr platform. “The app is directed to people studying for the LSAT, so a 20 to 26 age group roughly,” says Sarah Cornwell, product manager at appbackr. “Our online marketing budget for this app was split between Facebook ads and Twitter. In the past, we would have focused entirely on Facebook, but with Twitter, we can watch the impact in bit.ly, and we like that immediate feedback.”

Cornwell stressed that creating a targeted campaign on Twitter, instead of targeting a wider audience, gave appbackr the most bang for its buck. “LSATMax lends itself to a targeted campaign. We were able to focus on people on Twitter searching for relevant keywords — LSAT, law school, etc. — to let them know this app was available as a study tool.”

Success Metrics: In six weeks, appbackr has increased its follower count by 140% (from 880 to 2,114) and increased traffic to its site from Twitter by 94%. Furthermore, traffic from Twitter as a percentage of appbackr’s total site traffic rose from 2.6% to 4.4%. And of its Twitter from traffic, the percentage of new visits rose from 51% to 65%.

Lesson: Appbackr’s campaign with Promoted Tweets and Accounts enabled it to reach a highly targeted audience on Twitter, resulting in an increase in Twitter followers and site traffic.


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July 04 2011

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Sends First Tweet


Vice President Joe Biden’s office sent out its first tweet on Independence Day.

Although the @vp Twitter account was created on June 28, the Vice President’s staff waited until July 4 to tweet: “VP & Dr. B [Dr. Jill Biden] hope you take time to think about our troops & military families this Independence Day, Happy 4th from OVP! @joiningforces.”

The White House Blog wrote that Vice President Biden’s office joined Twitter in preparation for the first ever Twitter Town Hall with President Obama, scheduled for this Wedensday at 2 p.m. EDT.

The tweeters behind the account promise to keep followers updated on the activities and news surrounding the Vice President’s executive actions and travels, as well as “a behind the scenes look at Veep-life.”

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July 02 2011

June 29 2011

Meet the People Who Scored Twitter’s Shortest Usernames


If you registered for Twitter in the past two or three years, chances are you didn’t get your top choice handle. That’s probably because Twitter use has grown exponentially, topping 200 million accounts this year. But get ready to meet the users that scored premium real estate with the shortest Twitter usernames on Earth.

When Twitter launched in July 2006, it would only issue usernames of four or more characters. But user @r (Rex Hammock) says he simply petitioned Twitter employees for something more succinct. “At the time,” he remembers, “Twitter probably had three employees, so it wasn’t a bureaucracy that met about stuff like who deserves a one-letter username.”

So are you ready to meet them? We’ve got you covered from @A to @z (and @0 to @9). Some are early Twitter adopters, others took over accounts in later years, while a few remain stubbornly private. In any case, the shortest Twitter usernames seem to have the most to say. Their bios are often mysterious, their tweets philosophical and, not oddly, a great number of them seem to be from San Francisco.


@A


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Date registered: March 11, 2007

Location: San Francisco, California

Followers: 10,439

Memorable Tweet: "It'll be a huuuge egg on our faces if it turns out that all the spam over the years was actually aliens trying to communicate with us."

Did you know Twitter was going to be big? How? No, I didn't realize how much it would blow up eventually. ... I guess the mainstream audience didn't get on it until probably early 2009, just about when Oprah and such started talking about it.


@b


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Date registered: December 17, 2007

Location: Spokane, Washington

Followers: 2,574

Memorable Tweet: "6 shows down... So far so good. Day off in redding, hoping they don't kick us out of the mcdonalds for using their wifi for hours on end :)"


@c


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Date registered: January 14, 2007

Location: San Francisco, California

Followers: 5,598

Memorable Tweet: "@x Hey! I'm about 5 hrs upstate from ya, Gene. Guess I missed @k on NPR. Hopefully the clip is online somewhere so I can hear it."


@d


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Date registered: October 26, 2006

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York

Followers: 2,279

Memorable Tweet: "When people ask me if I'm a musician—something that's apparently easy to guess—I'm like, uh, kind of?"


@e


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Date registered: September 8, 2006

Location: Santa Cruz, California

Followers: 2,450

Memorable Tweet: "Okay Santa Cruz, I forgive you."


@f


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Date registered: September 8, 2006

Location: Portugal

Followers: 8,032

Memorable Tweet: "do twitter bots implode if I mention iPads, iPhones *and* justin bieber on the same tweet?"

When did you first sign up for Twitter? [When I signed up, Twitter] was uglier, had only a few people and a name that wasn't very good. But it was a great idea, let me keep in touch with people I cared about in the valley after moving back to Europe, and I stuck around.


@G


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Date registered: December 4, 2008

Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Followers: 1,184

Memorable Tweet: "Hey, @DanielleFusco, @Joel_DiPippa, @kellymacneil, et al: Is it too late to call an emergency meeting of the Burger Caucus for lunch Monday?"


@h


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Date registered: January 7, 2008

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Followers: 2,873

Memorable Tweet: "Watching friends hit on girls is an interesting experience! You always learn what to NOT do :-)"


@i


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Date registered: December 2, 2010

Location: n/a

Followers: 885

Memorable (and only) Tweet: "Haha I dont like kids that have ugly proplem so juh"


@j


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Date registered: October 25, 2007

Location: San Francisco, California

Followers: 5,691

Memorable Tweet: "OH: Someone's going to make money off of virtual dog ice cream, and it might as well be me."


@k


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Date registered: November 1, 2006

Location: "SFO"

Followers: 16,246

Memorable Tweet: "Free shoes for Twitter employees means everyone's going to be wearing the same shoes tomorrow. Yoga class should be fun."


@l


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Date registered: June 24, 2009

Location: "Here, there and everywhere."

Followers: 1

Memorable Tweet: n/a. Tweets are protected.


@m


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Date registered: August 6, 2007

Location: Bad Kreuznach, Germany

Followers: 4,401 

Memorable Tweet: "I just became the mayor of Hunsrück-Klinik Simmern on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/g6jLcB"


@n


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Date registered: March 10, 2007

Location: Palo Alto, California

Followers: 3,317

Memorable Tweet: "@smtakeda every meals i posted this week, yes. only because i should feed my son something other than garbage :p"


@o


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Date registered: November 9, 2006

Location: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Followers: 873

Memorable Tweet: "What kind of URL shortener we would be if we didn't have the shortest of Twitter usename? Check us out @o"

Did you know that Twitter was going to be big? How? I did, it was a time when the term microblogging started to appear here and there and my minimalist (not to say lazy) self realized that not just Twitter but all those "straight to the point" services will be the future.


@p


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Date registered: October 30, 2006

Location: "trailing off, away, offshore."

Followers: 2,136

Memorable Tweet: "back here after years. who are all these followers? did we step all this way through evolution & time just to have bots listening to us?"


@q


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Date registered: April 13, 2010

Location: Tel-Aviv, Israel

Followers: 509 

Memorable Tweet: "קמתי מאוחר, הלכתי למשרד, שכחתי את הארנק בבית, הלכתי הביתה, שכחתי את המפתחות במשרד. חזרתי למשרד, הכרתי בחוסר הטעם ביום הזה. ים?י" (I woke up late, I went to the office, I forgot my backpack at home, I went home, I forgot my keys in the office. I returned to the office, I know what today is missing? The beach.)


@r


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Date registered: December 22, 2006

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Followers: 7,127

Memorable Tweet: "Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fly-fish, you'll sell him fly-fishing gear the rest of his life"

Did you know that Twitter was going to be big? Like a lot of early users, the utility of Twitter didn't sink in until SXSW a couple of months later...Pretty soon, however, people were using it to say what was taking place in the session they were attending, and you could start noticing people leaving sessions if people in other session started tweeting about how great it was.


@s


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Date registered: September 10, 2010

Location: Portland, Oregon

Followers: 4,101

Memorable Tweet: Hasn't tweeted yet.


@t


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Date registered: November 7, 2006

Location: San Francisco, California

Followers: 15,887

Memorable Tweet: "despite appreciating NYC's energy and pace, relieved to find myself feeling happy to be home in SF. not moving yet. :)"


@u


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Date registered: February 26, 2009

Location: n/a

Followers: 3,624

Memorable Tweet: "http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/48905/2500522840104544006S600x600Q85.jpg setts, bench"


@v


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Date registered: May 11, 2008

Location: n/a

Followers: 0

Memorable Tweet: n/a. Tweets are protected.


@w


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Date registered: July 17, 2006

Location: n/a

Followers: 32

Memorable Tweet: n/a. Tweets are protected.


@x


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Date registered: March 29, 2007

Location: San Francisco, CA

Followers: 2,001

Memorable Tweet: "@Photojojo dude I've been wanting to unleash 1000 superballs down a steep SF street & photograph it except a mini test run hit an old lady"

Did you know Twitter was going to be big? How? I didn’t – at first it seemed pretty useless until I started going to tech parties where people would ask what your twitter handle was instead of your actual name.


@y


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Date registered: Summer 2006

Location: London

Followers: 0

Memorable Tweet: n/a. Tweets are protected.

Are you an early adopter for other social media/tech? I wouldn't say I'm necessarily an "early adopter" -- I tend to use well designed and simple services. I'm not a user of Facebook for instance. I'm currently loving mlkshk.com.


@z


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Date registered: March 27, 2007

Location: San Francisco, California

Followers: 1,884

Memorable Tweet: "You know that feeling when you wake up hungry from a nap and none of your roommates are cooking you dinner? I hate that feeling."


@0


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Date registered: September 26, 2010

Location: "Earth"

Followers: 8,682

Memorable Tweet: "0 is wondering why people even bother to follow him?"


@1


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Date registered: January 12, 2009

Location: n/a

Followers: 4,300

Memorable Tweet: "No longer the loneliest number. Bumping up my 'following' count."


@2


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Date registered: September 10, 2010

Location: n/a

Followers: 879

Memorable Tweet: n/a. Hasn't tweeted yet.


@3


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No user data. Profile was suspended.


@4


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Date registered: January 12, 2007

Location: n/a

Followers: 0

Memorable Tweet: n/a. Tweets are protected.


@5


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Date registered: March 17, 2007

Location: China

Followers: 1,543

Memorable Tweet: "无聊" (bored)


@6


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Date registered: January 19, 2007

Location: "iPhone: 37.788361,-122.408410"

Followers: 4,345

Memorable Tweet: "@Beaker @tqbf I'd respond to a polite query (but it have no relationship with the FBI.) C'mon, they couldn't even /catch/ me."


@7


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Date registered: February 20, 2011

Location: "Baby Las Vegas"

Followers: 186

Memorable Tweet: "@6 was scared of @7 because @7 'ate' @9"


@8


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Date registered: March 17, 2007

Location: China

Followers: 1,587

Memorable Tweet: "今天愚人节哦,大家节日快乐" (oh, April Fools Day today, happy holidays)


@9


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Date registered: March 8, 2011

Location: Australia

Followers: 109

Memorable Tweet: "Meme sounds [link]"


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Date registered: March 16, 2007

Location: "@_98119"

Followers: 4,208

Memorable Tweet: "Credit card encryption hack: Divide the digits embossed on the front of the card by 1 to get the credit card number."

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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


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.


Data aggregate courtesy of What the Trend.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, 123render

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June 07 2011

6 Easy Ways To Reward Your Twitter Followers


This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

Consumers follow their favorite businesses on Twitter to get an inside look at the business, to find out about new products, earn discounts and be a part of a community. Businesses have the potential to turn these fans into brand ambassadors by making their followers feel special and appreciated. Here are 6 ways to reward your Twitter followers.


1. Offer Them a Freebie


The best price in the world is free, and many businesses have taken to Twitter to offer some goodies to those who follow them. Every day, Sprinkles Cupcakes has a secret phrase that must be whispered at a location in order to redeem a free cupcake. The phrase relates either to a holiday (like Mother’s Day, which presents a great reason to buy a dozen cupcakes) or to broaden awareness of a new Sprinkles location, like the one in New York. And Sprinkles doesn’t skimp on the freebies — it offers 25 to 200 free cupcakes a day for each phrase, sometimes at every location.


2. Give Them Control


Brooklyn Boulders, a rock-climbing facility in Brooklyn, New York, routinely does Twitter contests for free day passes and climbing lessons. But they’ve also realized that relinquishing control to fans is also highly coveted — they do a Twitter raffle to give someone control over the facility’s music when they climb.

This is something that food trucks have also taken to — they let the fans determine where they’ll park. Convenience is king and time is money, so customers are thrilled if they merely have to step outside the office to be treated to their favorite meal on wheels.


3. Give Them a Shoutout


Everyone loves some attention and being thanked — Twitter provides an environment in which that can be done (for free). Following someone back scores huge points with consumers (it’s like you’re giving them a stamp of approval), and retweeting them or thanking them for a nice tweet goes even further — it’s a public display of appreciation, and people like knowing they’re appreciated.

N9NE Steakhouse in Chicago is great at responding to fans — the account tweets at patrons to ask how their meal was and to thank them for coming by. One might not expect this friendly tone and humble outreach from a high-end steakhouse, but the strategy is successful and welcoming to fans.


4. Teach Them Something


Maybe we have Watson to thank, but people love trivia and fun facts. Trivia is especially valuable in the Twittersphere, because people only follow people and brands that they find interesting. People are looking to get value out of time spent on Twitter, so you can add value by enlightening them.

But what you teach your followers could also be more substantive and meaty. Wellness website Well and Good posts a lot of content about yoga, healthy lifestyles, holistic beauty and a smattering of DIY projects like, “How to turn your pickup truck into a garden.”

David Barton Gym is also good about educating — several times a week, the account tweets a fitness “truth” or “tip,” so you can get fit and be healthier even when you’re not at the gym. It almost functions as a personal trainer, and you can access these tips 24/7.


5. Let Them In


Twitter has the ability to humanize brands, and passionate fans will appreciate getting to glimpse behind the curtains. Posting pictures and videos, sharing inside jokes, keeping them up to date with behind-the-scenes happenings and letting fans get to know the real you all help fans feel like they’re in your inner circle.

Jewelry line Dannijo has a great Twitter feed that is chock full of Instagrams with funky filters. It’s an artsy way for sisters and founders Danielle and Jodie Snyder to show what they’re wearing, what they’re doing, who they’re with and where they are. By providing a multi-dimensional view of who they are as sisters, designers, businesswomen and New York city denizens, you feel a personal connection to them.


6. Make Them Laugh


Doug Quint of The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck in New York is very good at making people laugh, whether he’s cracking jokes about himself, his colleagues or his customers. And since people often steal a glimpse at Twitter when they’re stressed at work or on the go, it’s nice to know that a stranger can give you a chuckle. That boost of endorphins will keep your followers coming back and will increase engagement as you build your brand. And that can have a huge effect on your bottom line.

Know of some other ways to reward your followers? Let us know in the comments.

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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.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, 123render

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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.

Data aggregate courtesy of What the Trend.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, 123render


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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.

Data aggregate courtesy of What the Trend.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, 123render


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