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December 11 2013

#FiveWordTechHorrors: Your Worst Digital Nightmares
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Programs that only run on Internet Explorer. The return of Myspace. Forgetting to back up your data. These are just a few examples of a techie's digital nightmare.

That's the idea behind the hashtag #FiveWordTechHorrors, which was trending on Twitter on Tuesday night and into Wednesday. Users shared their biggest tech fears in exactly five words.

The hashtag appears to have originated from Twitter user @izs:

Perl generating php generating javascript #fivewordtechhorrors

— social media isaacs (@izs) December 9, 2013

It picked up steam from there. Check out a few of our favorite #FiveWordTechHorrors one-liners, below. Read more...

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June 30 2011

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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 14 2011

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April 29 2011

Top 10 Royal Wedding Twitter Trends [CHART]


Most viewers turned on their TVs to watch footage of the Royal Wedding. But the event was also big online, breaking livestreaming records and sweeping the trending topics of major search engines and social networks.

As expected, many viewers turned to Twitter Friday morning to share reactions as they watched the broadcast on their TVs and other devices. By the time the ceremony began at 6 a.m. ET, all 10 worldwide trending topics on Twitter were related to the Royal Wedding.

We’re still waiting for official numbers from Twitter, which likely won’t land until next week. But NBC has kindly shared the following stats, obtained via social monitoring tool Trendrr, with us:

  • Tweet volume was heaviest in London, New York, Toronto, New South Wales, Paris and Sao Paulo, in that order.
  • Sentiment was mostly positive (58%). 24% of tweets registered as neutral, and 18% were negative.
  • 64% of tweets came from women, versus 36% from men.
  • Mentions of the #RoyalWedding hashtag topped 1 million by mid-ceremony.
  • 42% of all Royal Wedding-related tweets came from Twitter.com. 39% came from mobile devices.
  • Top hashtags include #royalwedding, #rw2011 (the officially Royal Wedding hashtag), #royalwedding!, #rw11, and #bodareal (Spanish for “#royalwedding”)

E!’s livestream proved among the most tweeted links, followed by The Telegraph‘s coverage of the wedding, a Flickr album with photos of the cake and The Today Show‘s Tumblr, Trendrr found.

Top influencers included @nytimes, @eonline and CNN news anchor @andersoncooper, according to Klout.

Liz Pullen of What the Trend has also shared a list of top ten trending topics for the week leading up to the event (Saturday to 11:30 a.m. ET, Friday 4/29). While most of the terms were pretty straightforward, there were a few surprises — not least of which is “QILF,” and the large number of comparisons being made between the bride and Grace Kelly.

Rank
Topic
Trend Points
Description
#1
William & Kate
3,182
Prince William and Kate Middleton. Also, the name of a TV movie shown all week.
#2
#RoyalWedding
886
The Royal Wedding hashtag and also a Twitter Promoted Trend
#3
#RW11
679
Royal Wedding hashtag
#4
#ProudToBeBritish
497
Brits asserting their national pride
#5
Westminster Abbey
461
Location of Royal Wedding
#6
Sarah Burton
327
Designer of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress
#7
Buckingham Palace
317
Site of post-Royal Wedding reception and "the kiss"
#8
QILF
275
"Queen I’d like to ____."
#9
THEY KISSED
202
Users tweeted simultaneously at William and Kate’s first kiss at Buckingham Palace.
#10
Grace Kelly
200
Users thought that Kate Middleton’s dress bore a resemblance to Grace Kelly’s
wedding gown.

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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.

Data aggregate courtesy of What the Trend.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, 123render


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March 05 2011

February 26 2011

February 21 2011

Mashable Weekend Recap: 16 Stories You May Have Missed


This weekend was on the tail end of a full moon, so maybe that explains its unusual nature. Missed it? Hey, we’ll catch you up right here.

A “hacktivist” group called “Anonymous” seemed to have threatened a fringe hate group calling itself a church, and then denied it. Libya shut down its Internet and then restored it. We found a PC that’s great for what it doesn’t do (make noise), and reviewed a shape-shifting carry-on bag that might not fit every airline’s regulations. And that wasn’t even the half of it!

And you know what? It was all fascinating. Start your Monday off right, and see for yourself:

News and Opinion Essentials

Mobile World Congress: Most Buzzed-About Phones, Tablets & Brands [INFOGRAPHIC]

Just How Offensive Is Your Facebook Profile?

[UPDATE 2] “Anonymous” Denies Threatening Westboro Baptist Church

Internet Restored in Libya, Google Maps Shows Up-To-Date Info

Internet Down in Libya As “Day of Rage” Fatalities Mount [UPDATED]

Helpful Resources

10 Essential Online Resources for Preparing Your Small Business Taxes

Power to the People: 3 Tasty Crowdsourcing Case Studies

How an Imaginative Child Learning Software Startup Avoided Death by Retail

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

40 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

21 Free iPhone Apps for Staying Financially Fit in 2011

Weekend Leisure

The Apple Canvas: 10 Outstanding Works of iOS Art [PICS]

HANDS ON: The Quietest (Powerful) Computer In The World [PICS]

10 Fascinating YouTube Facts That May Surprise You

10 Classy Cocktail Apps for Your iPhone

Review: Shape-Shifting Travel Bag Divides Into 3 Pieces [VIDEO & PICS]

More About: Balanzza Truco, iphone apps, Mobile World Congress, Puget, twitter trends, Weekend recap

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February 19 2011

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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The first rule of Twitter trends: Never underestimate the power of American awards shows. While we’ve consistently seen international sports, entertainment and politics beat out the biggest U.S. cultural trends on Twitter, American broadcasts like last weekend’s Grammys will almost always take the cake. Fueled by Esperanza Spalding’s surprise win as Best New Artist (a powerful sub-trend in its own right), the Grammys were number one this week in the Twitterverse.

Holidays always amass enough trend power to make the chart, and it’s no surprise to see Valentine’s Day pop in at number two (the Muslim observance of Muhammad’s birth, Maulid Nabi, appears at number eight). Beyond that, take last week’s top entertainment trends, shuffle them around a bit, and you’ve got most of this week’s chart covered.

For the full list of top 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.

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: 2/11 – 2/17


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More About: britney spears, grammy awards, justin bieber, Lady Gaga, soccer, Top Twitter Topics, twitter, twitter trends, valentine's day

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February 05 2011

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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It was an interesting week in the Twitterverse, with top topics spread out over a wide gamut of news, cultures and countries. The protests in Egypt took the top slot, of course, with each day yielding new developments about the country’s political unrest. Social media’s role in the protests also fueled the Twitter discussion.

A few developments in the world of soccer kept the sport in its usual location, hovering near the top of the trends chart. This week it comes in at number two.

And word of Britney Spears’ new album and music video brought her name back into the Twitter zeitgeist. The buzz landed the pop singer at number three.

For the full list of top 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.

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: 1/29 – 2/4


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More About: Egypt, entertainment, social media, Top Twitter Topics, trending topics, twitter, twitter trends

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January 17 2011

Mashable Weekend Recap: 16 Stories You May Have Missed


There was a lot going on at Mashable this weekend, where we got a sneak peek at a new BlackBerry, took a ride down memory lane with Wikipedia, figured out if it would be a good idea to buy a Verizon iPhone right now, and discovered a new feature for those runners who can’t get enough of the Nike+ GPS package.

For Dropbox aficionados, we went to the horse’s mouth, finding out ways to use that synchronization tool that you might have never thought of yourself. We found tips and techniques for users of all levels — a must-read for Dropbox users.

And finally, the weekend was packed with leisure-time tips and gadgetry, including a tiny speaker that might surprise you when it’s placed on a flat surface, another hilarious batch of 404 error pages, some crazy USB desk toys to chase the boredom away, and a snooty magazine calling out Mark Zuckerberg on his wardrobe choices. And then it all came to a close with The Social Network winning four out of six nominations — including “Best Picture, Drama” — at the Golden Globes.

Check it out — a great way to catch up on the weekend and start your week right:

News Essentials

BlackBerry Storm 3 Spy Pics and Specs Revealed [REPORT]

Wikipedia Celebrates 10 Years, But Will It Survive Another Decade?

Comparison: Verizon iPhone 4 and Two Hot New Android Smartphones [INFOGRAPHIC]

Nike+ GPS Update Lets Runners Play a Game of Tag

Zuckerberg Named One of 10 Worst-Dressed Men [PICS]

The Social Network Wins Big at Golden Globes

Helpful Resources

From the Dropbox Gurus: Ideas for Beginners, Intermediates and Wizards

45 New Social Media Resources You May Have Missed

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

3 Ways to Design Your Own Clothes Online

Weekend Leisure

HANDS ON: Portable Speaker Creates Big Sound on Any Flat Surface [PICS & VIDEO]

Gang of Smart Mini-Copters Learns How to Build Stuff [VIDEO]

33 More Entertaining 404 Error Pages

10 Boredom-Busting USB Desk Toys

HANDS ON: A Paintbrush Stylus for iPad [VIDEO]

Top 10 Food Shots From Foodspotting’s 1st Year [PICS]

More About: blackberry, Dropbox, Nike+ GPS, twitter trends, Weekend recap, Zuckerburg

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