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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

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.
Casey Anthony Trial
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.
Justin Bieber
Beliebers are seemingly running out of real topics about Justin Bieber’s music as they trended “Justin Loves Curves” and #BeliebersAreWinning this week.
Phineas & Ferb
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.
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
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.
Lady Gaga
The perpetually busy Lady Gaga has a new worldwide tour coming and her “Little Monsters” were talking about possible dates and locations.
International Kissing Day
Users observed International Kissing Day (or World Kiss Day) on July 6 both off-line and on Twitter.
U.S. July 4th Holiday
U.S. tweeters celebrated the U.S. Independence Day on July 4 with fireworks, BBQ and hotdog eating contests.
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.
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 07 2011

July 05 2011

Internet News Traffic Spikes As Casey Anthony Verdict Announced

The verdict in the State of Florida vs. Casey Anthony coincided with a spike in online news traffic.

Content delivery network Akamai tells us that it saw a spike in its Net Usage Index for News around the time of the verdict. As the verdict was announced, news site pageviews jumped from about 2 million to nearly 3.3 million a minute — nearly all of that coming from the U.S.

Twenty-five-year-old Anthony was found not guilty of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter. Anthony’s trial lasted nearly six weeks, but the case itself has been a big part of cable news for the past three years.

The Anthony trial was streamed online as much as broadcast on cable TV. This allowed individuals to tune in from work and to comment using social media in real time.

More About: akamai, casey anthony, court rulings

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