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July 1, 2011

200 million tweets a day

Halfway through 2011, Twitter-users are now sending 200 million tweets a day. In january 2009, that amount came down to 2 million tweets a day, one year ago (june 2010) Twitter users posted 65 million a day. 200 million tweets a day, that is…. a lot of tweeting! And a lot of exploding growth out there at Twitter.

Here are the top Trending Topics for the first half of 2011, divided into the two most popular categories (World events/News and Pop culture):

World events

  1. AH1N1 - Swine Flu
  2. Mubarak - former Egyptian President
  3. Easter - Christian holiday
  4. Cairo - capital of Egypt
  5. #prayforjapan - sentiment following the March earthquake and tsunami
  6. Chernobyl - site of nuclear disaster in 1986
  7. Libia/Libya - site of an ongoing civil war
  8. Fukushima - Japanese nuclear power plant
  9. William & Kate - Newly-named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  10. Gadafi - Libyan political leader

Pop culture

  1. Rebecca Black - pop singer
  2. Femme Fatale - newly-released Britney Spears album
  3. Charlie Sheen - actor
  4. #tigerblood - hashtag popularized by Charlie Sheen
  5. Nate Dogg - rapper
  6. Anderson Silva - Brazilian mixed martial artist
  7. Tom & Jerry - famous cartoon
  8. Mumford & Sons - British rock band
  9. Bieber alert - referring to artist Justin Bieber
  10. Queen Gaga - referring to artist Lady Gag

At Twitter, they’ve made a nice visualization about this milestone (infographics are hotter than ever). At the Twitter blog they write: “Using Twitter helped a homeless man reunite with his daughter, sent two Cincinnati Reds fans to spring training on a player’s dime, and even helped residents of a small city in Korea find fresh water after its supply was cut off.”

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