In the Twitterverse, the whim of the public is fickle — and ofttimes, perplexing, as the top hashtags of 2011 included not only the very serious topics of the revolution that unfolded in #Egypt on #jan25 and the disasters in #Japan, but also Charlie Sheen's descent into the #tigerblood abyss.
Twitter posted its year in review and amongst the categories that reflect what was on the minds of Twitter's 100 million active monthly users, who tweet 250 million times a day, were hashtags, tech and world news.
The hashtags not only included what we've already told you, but also more philosophical launching pads such as: #threewordstoliveby, #idontunderstandwhy and #improudtosay. Sports, of course, always figures big on tweets, so it's no surprise that #superbowl also made it to the top 10.
The hot topics in world news overlapped with some of those hashtags: Mubarak's resignation and the Japanese earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster. Also in the mix: Osama bin Laden, the Giffords shooting, swine flu outbreak and the death of Moammar Gadhafi
In the tech Twitterverse, Apple dominated four of the top 10 topics: Mac App Store, iPad, iPhone and iPod. The videogame industry also had a strong foothold with Sony NGP, Guitar Hero, Duke Nukem Forever, Nintendo 3DS and Mortal Kombat. Only one web browser had a stake in the top 10 Twitter tech topics: Mozilla Firefox.
As for the rest of the lists, have some fun perusing it, and admit it if your tweets included any of these top talkers: The Craiglist Killer, Rebecca Black, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, McLobster and Fried Kool-Aid.
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