Twitter Trend List Reveals Tweeters Think Globally

Yahoo top searches of the year were a precursor to the recently-unveiled top Tweets of 2010. This year people were more inclined to search for world events than for celebrity news— likewise the top Tweet list is dominated by world world affairs. Are we evolving past celebrity-obsessed culture?

Twitter Trend List Reveals Tweeters Think Globally

Here’s the list of top Tweets 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 Hollows
10. Pulpo Paul

For clarification: Vuvuzelas are the noise-making instruments from the World Cup that made every game sound like it was being invaded by man-eating cicadas, and Pulpo Paul was the famous ‘psychic’ octopus that predicted the World Cup winners.

The collective Twitter consciousness focused on global events, with nearly a third of the terms concerning the world’s largest and most popular sports tournament. This was the first year in which Twitter’s user base was wide enough to index public consciousness, but the trend reflects a shift in top Yahoo search terms for 2010, away from celebrity news and onto global events (minus Justin Bieber, of course).

And then there’s “Inception” And “Harry Potter” to consider. Maybe as the growing concern for global events—or global catastrophes—increases, the epic fictional movies about magic and dreamworlds are more heavily weighted as a couter-balance to the depressing nature of the Haiti Earthquake or the Gulf Oil Spill?

And then there’s Pulpo Paul…Is an Octopus considered a celebrity?