Apple iPad and Google's Android operating system joined the BP Oil Spill, Haiti Earthquake and the World Cup on Twitter's top 10 Twitter Trends for 2010. Culled from 25 billion tweets.
Apple's iPad and smartphones and gadgets based on
Google's Android operating system joined tragic disasters on Twitter top 10
Twitter Trends for 2010, derived from scrutinizing tweet content of more than
25 billion tweets users published this year.
Twitter used its analytics software to calculate the top trends
as well as the leading trends in News, Events, People, Movies, Television,
Technology, World Cup, Sports and Hashtags.
Twitter has an estimated 175 million users, with 8
percent of the U.S. population using the service, according to Pew Research
. Here we explore the main Top 10 list, but readers
may see the other category lists here.
BP's Gulf Oil Spill
, in which nearly 200 million gallons of crude oil were
spilled after an underwater explosion led the #Hindsight2010 list. People tweeted about loss of marine life and fishermen's
jobs, and were generally displeased with the way BP handled the situation.
The FIFA World Cup soccer event took No. 2, followed by
Christopher Nolan's fantastical dreamworld film Inception. The 2010 Haiti
, in which more than 230,000 people were killed, landed at No. 4.
The Vuvuzela horn
, which drove people nuts at the World Cup with its varied
noisemaking, rounded out the top 5 trends.
The iPad and Google Android took No. 6 and No. 7,
respectively, as people took to tweeting and searching for tweets about people
who used the popular tablet and smartphones based on the Android operating
The iPad has sold millions of units since it launched in April,
including 4.19 million in the last quarter. Meanwhile, Android has risen to
claim nearly one quarter of all U.S. smartphone market share, powers Google TV,
and is set to appear in dozens of tablets in 2011.
Pop music star Justin Bieber grabbed the No. 8 spot, which was surprising
considering that he took the No. 3 spot on
Google's 2010 Zeitgeist
list of fastest rising queries worldwide.
The movie Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, part
one of a two-part wrap-up saga based on J.K. Rowling's final book in the Potter
series, took the ninth position this year.
Completing Twitter's 10 Trends list, Pulpo Paul was an
English octopus who became internationally famous after his feeding behavior
was used to predict the winner of each of Germany's seven matches in the 2010
Paul, who also predicted Spain would prevail in the final
match, passed away in October.