Gulf Oil Spill Tops 2010 Twitter Trends

World Cup-related subjects took three of the 10 spots on the list of the most common tweets of the year.

Alison Diana, Contributing Writer

December 13, 2010

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Top 5 Twitter Clients Revealed

Top 5 Twitter Clients Revealed

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From serious life-changing events such as the Gulf oil spill and the earthquake in Haiti, to entertainment icons like Justin Bieber and Harry Potter, Twitter has become an indicator of what's hot in today's world.

In 2010, people sent 25 billion tweets, according to Twitter. The company analyzed the tweets to identify the top 10 overall trends, as well as the leading trends in news events, people, movies, television, technology, sports, and hashtags.

"Each trend in the Top 10 list includes multiple related terms, to give the most accurate view of the topics that people cared about most in 2010," wrote Jodi Olson, of the corporate communications department at Twitter, in a company blog. "These trends indicate the things that are most meaningful in our lives. Each day on Twitter, people tweet about news, sports, entertainment, and cool new technology -- and everything else in between. The list of 2010 Twitter Trends reflects what's happening in our world, demonstrates the power of turning any event or story into a shared experience, and underscores Twitter's value as a real-time information network."

About one in 10 online Americans use Twitter, but only about half tweet daily.

In order, the top 10 Twitter trends of 2010 were:

About the Author(s)

Alison Diana

Contributing Writer

Alison Diana is an experienced technology, business and broadband editor and reporter. She has covered topics from artificial intelligence and smart homes to satellites and fiber optic cable, diversity and bullying in the workplace to measuring ROI and customer experience. An avid reader, swimmer and Yankees fan, Alison lives on Florida's Space Coast with her husband, daughter and two spoiled cats. Follow her on Twitter @Alisoncdiana or connect on LinkedIn.

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