December 13, 2010

Twitter Releases Top Trends Of 2010 List

The Gulf Oil Spill topped this year's Twitter trends list, which is a well-rounded summary of the spirit of 2010.

According to Twitter's official blog, an algorithm that "attempts to identify topics that are being talked about more right now than they were previously" calculates its Trends for 2010.

Twitter ranks the amount of new mentions, and tries to represent the fastest breaking news.

The Gulf oil spill was the top trending topic on Twitter for the year, followed secondly by the FIFA World Cup , and the movie Inception as number three.

The Haitian earthquake took the spot at number four, followed by the vuvuzela, which was made famous during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, as number five.

Apple's iPad also made the list at number six, ahead of Google Android at number seven, Justin Bieber as number eight, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows as number nine and Pulpo Paul as number ten.

About 25 billion tweets were sent on Twitter in 2010, up from eight billion a year ago and 400 million the year before.

Twitter was founded in 2006 and already has 190 million users, compared to Facebook, which has over 500 million.


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