Twitter unveils top trends of 2010

Twitter has revealed its list of the biggest trends of 2010.

Twitter analysed over 25 billion tweets to identify this year’s top ten trends. Twitter trends reflect what the hottest topics of the moment are, in (near) real-time.

“Twitter trends indicate the things that are most meaningful in our lives,” says Twitter.

“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 demonstrates the power of turning any event or story into a shared experience.”

From earthquakes and politics to popstars and hashtags, Twitter trends show what the world was talking about throughout 2010.

Here are the top ten Twitter trends of 2010:

Top Twitter trends of 2010

  1. Gulf Oil Spill
  2. FIFA World Cup
  3. Inception
  4. Haiti Earthquake
  5. Vuvuzela
  6. Apple iPad
  7. Google Android
  8. Justin Bieber
  9. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
  10. Pulpo Paul
Twitter broke down the trends into eight categories: news events, people, movies, TV, technology, World Cup, sports and hashtags. You can see the other categories on the next page.

Twitter’s growth has been phenomenal this year. Not only did Twitter recruit another 100 million new registered users to the microblogging site, but it broke past the 25 billion tweet mark.

Trends are an important feature to the site, as they enable you to see what people are talking about, now. Twitter trends are automatically generated by an algorithm that attemps to identify topics that are beign talked about right now. The Twitter trends list is designed to help people discover the “most breaking” breaking news, in real-time.

It isn’t just a popularity contest, though. Twitter trends capture the hottest emerging topics. Twitter favours novelty over popularity. With 95 million tweets sent per day, Twitter is a fantastic social experiment, which as a business, you should be using too.

Why should you be using it? Check out our business guides to Twitter here and here.

And don’t forget to check out the other Twitter trend categories on page two.

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