Twitter just published their top 10 trending subjects of 2010. Here are some of the highlights:
- The Gulf Oil Spill – millions of people tweeted about the loss of marine life and fishermen’s jobs, and were angry with the way BP handled the situation
- Apple, Apple, Everywhere – Apple products scooped four of the top 10 spots in the technology category. The iPad (#1), iOS (#3), iPhone (#4) and MacBook Air (#9) all made the list while Google secured #2 with Android OS and #10 with Google Instant.
- Surprising football result – no players made the top three spots in World Cup-related tweets. Rather, FIFA World Cup, vuvuzela, and Pulpo Paul took the top three tweet honours. Pulpo Paul, the English octopus whose feeding behaviour predicted Germany’s seven matches, sadly passed away in October.
- Bieber-gate – Justin Bieber, who has more than 6.3 million followers on Twitter, was first in the people category. Earlier this year, Bieber fans were outraged when his name stopped appearing on Twitter’s list of trending topics. They called it a conspiracy, but Twitter explained that the trending list identifies topics that are increasing in popularity, not ones that are established. Bieber fans responded by tweeting about Bustin Jieber and got their hero back on the list.