The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the event which last year was the most twittered. But the World Cup and the iPad kept the tweeters working. According to a survey that Twitter has posted on its website.
The oil disaster and the earthquake in Haiti (4) were the last years the main news items on Twitter. The World Cup in South Africa is good for second place, and its vuvuzela really kicked it up to the fifth most discussed topic. The football results forecasting squid Paul, the unofficial mascot of the World Cup, just gets the top ten.
In the top ten we find two more films – Inception (3) and Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (9) – and two technological advances – the iPad (6) and Android (7). The most bespreoken person after all, American teen idol Justin Bieber (8).
Twitter also made separate lists of the most popular subjects in various categories.
In the past years a lot of celebrities were again active in the social messaging network, according to another survey. Among them, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the Dalai Lama, Russell Crowe, Cher, Victoria Beckham, Tiger Woods and “our” European president Herman Van Rompuy.
A year in Twitter can be viewed on this link.