Trends of 2010 as Shown by 25 Million Tweets
No matter your feelings about Twitter, the microblogging service is used by enough people that it can give an accurate snapshot of what many people are thinking about. Take, for example, the Top 10 Twitter Trends of 2010, compiled from over 25 million tweets during the year.
Top 10 Twitter Trends of 2010
- Gulf Oil Spill
- FIFA World Cup
- Haiti Earthquake
- Apple iPad
- Google Android
- Justin Bieber
- Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
- Pulpo Paul (the octopus that predicted World Cup wins)
It's pretty obvious from this list what the biggest events of 2010 are, and it's not surprising that the Gulf Oil Spill, the World Cup and the Haiti Earthquake made it to the top of the list. It's also a testament to movie marketing and the power of hype that Inception ranked so high, even when a franchise juggernaut such as Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows only reached slot number nine.
"These Trends indicate the things that are most meaningful in our lives," reads the Twitter report.
That may be a little inaccurate in some cases. Sure the natural disasters and a worldwide sporting tournament have significant meaning in many lives; heck, even Inception was meaningful for some people. But the Vuvuzela got more press for being annoying than meaningful, and the press surrounding Pulpo Paul seemed to radiate bemusement rather than significance.
Perhaps it's more important to say that Twitter Trends simply reveal what we're thinking about most , which isn't always synonymous with what we care about most. Leave it to such a simple service to reveal insightful (and possibly damning) facts about us.
Regardless, this list also reveals it was a big year for the technology market as both the Apple iPad and Google Android made the top 10. Google certainly must be happy that Android ranked in the top 10 with the iPhone nowhere in sight.