2011 was a year of memorable moments that ranged from Charlie Sheen’s tiger-blood induced rant to Lindsay Lohan having yet another court hearing. Aside from these two celebrity breakdowns, we saw various trends that became apparent via the use of social media or mobile devices.
As Twitter becomes more and more widely used, people are finding out about newsworthy topics from Tweets rather than traditional news sources. Amongst all the news stories that broke this year, Osama Bin Laden’s death was responsible for the most tweets on Twitter. Osama’s death via Twitter was closely followed by Gabriel Giffords return to congress and Wael Ghonim commenting on the Egyptian Revolution.
Thanks to the people at What The Trend, we have been able to get some insight as to what topics received the most hashtags on Twitter in 2011. After analyzing over 207,518 hashtags, they were able to identify the top trending topics of 2011. With no surprise to many, Justin Bieber was responsible for the most amounts of hashtags this year which was largely due to his release of two albums in 2011. Coming in second was soccer/football due to the Women’s FIFA World Cup which drew a lot of attention. Rounding out the top 3 was Lady Gaga who released Born This Way in 2011 and subsequently had a massive tour around the world to support its release.
A recent study by Distimo identified the top 10 downloaded apps of 2011. They looked at data on downloads across all platforms and found that most people downloaded from the iTunes App Store. Of all free and paid applications that are available for download, Angry Birds topped the list and was found to be the most popular. The two runner-ups were facebook and skype, which are both used widely across all mobile platforms.
Each and every year is filled with many highs and many lows. Coupled with all the good things that happened this year, we also saw many scandals that swept the nation and the world. Topping the charts this year was the charges of sexual abuse scandal at Penn State. Some have even said that this scandal may be the worst ever scandal in sports history. Following the Penn State scandal in rankings was the Tabloid Phone-hacking scandal. This scandal put Rupert Murdoch and News of the World in the hot-seat based on allegations of hacking into mobile phones of celebrities to get inside scoops. Coming in third place was the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal involving the sexual assault of a maid which ultimately forced him to resign from his IMF position.