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The Top Twitter Trends of 2013 That Touched the World

How the world spoke about major events on Twitter in 2013


Top Twitter Trends of 2013 © PhotoDune

It’s been quite a year on Twitter, and they’ve been so kind to make my job easy by sharing the top trends of the year. It might have taken me all of 2014 to do the research myself, so hat tip to the blue birds for saving me a year.

If you’d like to read all of them, you can visit 2013.twitter.com.


In January, #Inauguration was the hot hashtag. The President of the United States, Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were sworn in on January 20, 2013. It was a star studded affair, filled with past presidents and celebrities like Beyonce and Jay Z. On the other side of the pond, London Helicopter Crash started trending when news broke of a helicopter that crashed with a crane in central London. Photos of the aftermath were shared within moments of impact. Some 80 firefighters were dispatched to control the fire.


Super Bowl 47 or #SB47 was played between the @ravens and the @49ers. Over 24 million Tweets were sent during the game. Do you remember the power going out? Oreo was quick to post a snappy graphic on Twitter that said “you can still dunk in the dark,” and made the crowds go wild. Then there was the 85th Academy Awards trend, but it’s no surprise because the Oscars are always big night on Twitter. Almost 9 million Tweets were sent during the telecast. It was great to see Jennifer Lawrence win for best actress in a leading role.


In March, the world welcomed the announcement of a new Pope, @Pontifex. Over 130,000 Tweets per minute were sent during the announcement. Later, the madness of college basketball captured the Twitterverse’s attention during the annual NCAA tournament. March Madness trended and there were hundreds of related self-made hashtags to go with it. Congratulation to the Louisville Cardinals @GoCards for winning the men’s basketball championship.


Then there was April, where the terrible news of the Boston Marathon Bombing flooded Twitter streams. More than 27 million Tweets were sent during the bombing aftermath and the ensuing manhunt. The hashtag #bostonstrong began to rise and symbolized the united spirit of my favorite city and former home. Also in April, Lady Margaret Thatcher trended with the death of Britain's first female Prime Minister. Lady Margaret Thatcher was a highly talked about person not only in Europe, but all over the world. Her name was mentioned in more than a million Tweets.


Doctors at @UCLAHealth shot a series of Vine videos that were Tweeted, and Vine Surgery trended. They chronicled the implantation of a brain pacemaker. #ThankYouSirAlex was another trend, and if you’re into soccer or English football, you may already know what this hashtag means. Manchester United long-time manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced he was retiring. This news was mentioned over 1.4 million times.


Brazilians took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the current state of the their economy, trending Brazilian Protests with the large demonstrations that took place. Then, everybody was concerned about The Lost Red Panda. A rare red panda went mission from the @NationalZoo in Washington DC. Luckily a woman spotted the little guy (his name is Rusty) in her backyard and Tweeted pictures of Rusty poking around in her bushes. He was rescued, unharmed.


In July, a #RoyalBaby was born! Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed the birth of their baby son George. More than 2 million Tweets were sent in the hours after his birth. Speaking of birthdays, on her 16th birthday, Malala Yousafzai addressed the UN on human rights. The hashtag #MalalaDay emerged. She is famously quoted saying, "let us be united and work together for the rights of girls and boys."


MTV and the VMAs took the stage in August as major trends. The annual Video Music Awards hosted by MTV are always a crazy time, but this year was no different. Miley Cyrus went ahead and scared every parent into hiding their children away, while the media outlets went crazy. 18 million Tweets were sent talking about the awards show. Martin Luther King also trended in August because the 24th marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. MLK’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech. Former President @BillClinton shared photos of his participation in the anniversary event.


The International Olympic Committee selected Tokyo as the site of the 2020 Summer Olympic games. Twitter was abuzz with talk of summer games and the preparations Tokyo needed to make. The seven day music festival Rock in Rio became a trending topic, spawning the hashtag #RockInRio, which was used in more than 8 million Tweets.


The U.S. Government Shutdown lasted for 16 days. Heated debates and lots of finger pointing made this trend very popular in the month of October. Also, the Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series and two fun hashtags emerged via Twitter. #PostCards and #GetBeard were trending hashtags by the end the series. The combination of the two hashtags made it into 6.5 million Tweets.


Five-year old leukemia survivor Mile Scott wanted to become Batman for a day. With the help of the Make a Wish Foundation, San Francisco was turned into Gotham City and Miles got his wish. The hashtag #SFBatkid helped spread the word of Miles’ adventure which resulted with hundreds of people showing up to cheer him on. The British television show Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary and the hashtag #DoctorWho took off to commemorate the world’s longest running science fiction show.


Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 and Twitter was filled the trending hashtag #RIPMandela. Tributes were Tweeted by former Presidents and statesmen. Soccer fans waited anxiously to see to see whom they’re favorite teams would be up against in the World Cup. The World Cup Draw was big trending topic that sparked many debates about who had the best groupings and hottest competition.

That’s just a brief glimpse of the top trending stories on Twitter in 2013. Who knows what will happen in 2014? Not me!

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