As expected, the devastation in Japan from last week’s earthquake and tsunami captured the thoughts of Twitter users from around the world, and an outpouring of sentiment (which included the popular hash tag #PrayForJapan), made this topic number one. If you’d like to make a donation to the relief efforts in Japan, which are still underway, here are some options:
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Meanwhile, in Orange Country, California, a pop singing sensation was in the making. 13-year-old Rebecca Black, whose parents paid about $2,000 to the label Ark Music Factory to produce a song and music video, has had the entire Internet captivated for days. Following the tweeted discovery of the video by comedians Michael J. Nelson and Daniel Tosh, and the subsequent blogosphere frenzy, Black’s name has rarely left the trending topics list since last Friday, and lands at number two on this week’s chart. Speculation persists about what made this catchy pop tune such a viral powerhouse. The song is face-meltingly bad.
Soccer, no surprise, continues to trend strongly, and rounds out the top three topics this week.
For the full list of top trends, check out the chart below, compiled by our friends at What the Trend. Because this is a topical list, hashtag memes and games have been omitted from the chart.
You can check past Twitter trends in our Top Twitter Topics section, and read more about this past week’s trends on What The Trend.