Top 10 Twitter trends of 2010

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December 18, 2010, 9:21 pm
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(NECN/CNN) - With tens of millions of people now on Twitter, and that number growing rapidly by the day, the micro-blogging site is becoming one of THE places to find out what people are talking about around the world. So Twitter analyzed more than 25 billion tweets, and a look at their top 10 tweeting trends gives a sort of glance at 2010.

This summer, Tweeters eyes were glued to Pulpo Paul, the common octopus who became an international sensation for his accurate predictions of World Cup soccer matches, most notably, the final 2010 World Cup match between Spain and the Netherlands.

His talent lives only in memory now. Sadly, Pulpo Paul passed away in October.

The release of the latest Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I"  was a hot topic, with fans anticipating and reviewing the second-to-last film of the J.K. Rowling book series.

Forget the flu! This year it was Bieber fever that ran rampant. The teenage heart-throb had his fans all-a-Twitter, as they tweeted away about who he was spending time with, who he kissed, and oh yeah- his music. 

Google's fast-growing Android operating system was a hot-topic with tweeters offering their own opinions on the technology behind smart phones.

Apple's new iPhone also got plenty of attention, good and bad. A much talked and tweeted about antenna bug prompted apple to make good, offering customers a free case to eliminate the problem.

It seems nothing could drown out the vuvuzela. The sound now symbolic of the World Cup in South Africa was also amongst the most tweeted topics. The rallying cry from the now-notorious plastic horn won't soon be forgotten.

The devastating Haitian earthquake had international relief agencies using Twitter to encourage donations and some victims used it as the only way to communicate in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

Tweeters couldn't stop tweeting about "Inception," the movie where technology enters the human mind through dreams.

Tou might have guessed already that soccer fans are heavy Tweeters. Coming in as the second biggest trending topic on Twitter this year: World Cup soccer.

But the thing Tweeters cared about most: the Gulf oil spill. Tweeters followed the disaster from the deadly explosion to the long-awating capping of the well, often using Twitter to vent their frustration with BP.

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