What’s in a meme? A look at top trending social media topics of 2010

What mattered to the world in 2010?  It’s easy to identify — just look at the online memes that developed on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google search.

(A meme, you might recall, is defined as a unit of cultural information transferable from one mind to another.  An Internet meme has a viral quality; it spreads quickly across platforms. Think pop culture.)

What we talked about on Facebook in 2010….

Find us on FacebookHere are the terms that appeared most in status updates by the more than 500 million people who used Facebook in 2010:

1. HMU (it means: “hit me up,” which means “call me” or “contact me”)
2. World Cup
3. Movies
4. iPad and iPhone 4
5. Haiti
6. Justin Bieber
7. Games on Facebook (I find this one surprising)
8. Mineros/Miners (refers, of course, to the trapped Chilean miners)
9. Airplanes
10. 2011

What we tweeted in 2010….

25 billion tweets were posted on Twitter in 2010, and these Twitter trends reflect what people cared about the most.  The top 10 trends in Twitter updates were:

1. Gulf oil spill
2. FIFA World Cup
3. Inception
4. Haiti earthquake
5. Vuvuzela (the noise-making instruments used at the 2010 World Cup)
6. Apple iPad
7. Google Android
8. Justin Bieber
9. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
10. Pulpo Paul (the octopus that successfully picked the winning team in each game of the World Cup finals)

What we wanted to watch on YouTube in 2010….

35 hours of new video are uploaded every minute on YouTube.  The most-searched for terms on YouTube during the year show what was on our minds in 2010.

What did we search for on Google?

The fastest rising search terms on Google were

  1. chatroulette
  2. ipad
  3. justin bieber
  4. nicki minaj
  5. friv
  6. myxer
  7. katy perry
  8. twitter
  9. gamezer
  10. facebook
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About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a public relations and marketing consultant, and owns Fletcher Prince (www.FletcherPrince.com). Follow Mary on Twitter @FletcherPrince.

Posted on December 14, 2010, in Consumer Trends, Facebook Tips, Twitter Tips, Video, YouTube Video Tips and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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