10 Most Common Phrases Tweeted So Far In 2011

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On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey joined the ranks of social networking gurus when he launched Twitter by tweeting the phrase, “inviting coworkers.” Now handling roughly 140 million tweets per day and employing approximately 400 people, Twitter is changing the way that we communicate, 140 characters at a time. In celebration of it’s anniversary, here are the most popular tweets from the year that Twitter turned five.

  1. Beyonce’s Baby Bump – With a staggering 8,868 tweets per second, pop star Beyonce Knowles took Twitter by storm when she revealed her pregnancy during a performance on the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
  2. FIFA Women’s World Cup – Japan’s victory against the United States in the women’s soccer finals of 2011 during a penalty shoot-out generated 7,196 tweets per second, making it the second most popularly tweeted subject of the year.
  3. Brazil Eliminated From Copa América – The Copa América is the world’s oldest soccer competition. When Brazil was eliminated during the 2011 quarterfinals, twitter traffic reached 7,166 tweets per second.
  4. New Year’s Day in Japan – New Year’s Day saw a spike in Twitter use all around the world at midnight in each respective time zone, but the Japanese Twittersphere set a record with 6,939 tweets per second being posted. Wishes for a happy new year caused Japan to shatter the previous record set during the 2010 World Cup by Denmark.
  5. 2011 BET Awards – The annual BET soiree garnered 6,436 tweets per second, many of those the result of controversial artist Chris Brown going home as the evening’s big winner.
  6. UEFA Champions League Final – The Union of European Football Association final between Barcelona and Manchester United set of a flurry of Twitter activity, culminating with 6,303 tweets per second upon Barcelona’s 3-1 win.
  7. NBA 2011 Finals – The last game of the NBA finals garnered 5,531 tweets per second as the much-debated LeBron James’ Miami Heat fell to the Dallas Mavericks.
  8. Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami – Japan makes another appearance on the Twitter list of Fame, this time for the devastation they experienced on March 14. Twitter users around the world sent out their support and condolences, hitting 5,530 tweets per second at it’s peak.
  9. East Coast Earthquake – The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck just northwest of Richmond, VA was the subject of a 5,449 tweet per second surge on August 23. The quake was felt at the White House and caused cracks to form in the Washington Monument, which closed for repairs after the damage was sustained.
  10. The Death of Osama Bin Laden – The culmination of an almost decade-long search for Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden makes the end of the list, with 5,106 tweets per second reporting news of his death. Widely regarded as the greatest national security victory of President Obama’s career, there’s speculation that it could be a key point for voters in the 2012 election.

Though many of Twitter’s big moments seem to center around sports and entertainment, it has also been the alleged breeding ground of such cultural shifts as the infamous Occupy Wall Street movement and the Egyptian revolution. With the average amount of new accounts generated each day hovering around 460,000 and use on mobile devices increasing by 182% last year, Twitter is now a part of our cultural landscape.


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