Did any entity in the technological world have a better year than Twitter? It opened 2009 as a curious service that only seemed interesting if you were Ashton Kutcher, but it's going to close out the year as an indispensible tool for keeping in touch with people and following your favorite celebrities. But who ruled Twitter in 2009? The company just released their list of the top Trending Topics for the year, and it offers up a pinpoint-accurate microcosm of the year that was.
The list of the most talked-about people on Twitter in 2009 is dominated by figures from the music world. Not surprisingly, [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist] topped the list, as the news of his death in June spread so fast and so intensely that it actually caused Twitter's servers to crash. Close behind him was [artist id="3180740"]Susan Boyle[/artist], who became a social-networking favorite after the video of her performing on "The X-Factor" made her a viral sensation. And between his run on "American Idol" and his attention-grabbing album For Your Entertainment, [artist id="3188063"]Adam Lambert[/artist] found himself in third place. Recent Twitter expat Chris Brown also found himself on the top trending people list (which also included non-musicians but still online superstars Tiger Woods, Chuck Norris and Christian Bale).
More fascinating was the list of the top trending news-related tweet topics of the year, which reveals Twitter as a true worldwide (and worldly) phenomenon. The use of Twitter during the Iranian elections dominated the list, as did tweets about swine flu, AIG and the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The list also revealed the top trending movies of the year ("Harry Potter," followed by "New Moon" and "District 9"), as well as the top TV shows (people clearly love singing on television, as "American Idol," "Glee" and the Teen Choice Awards took the top slots, with the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards also placing in the top 10).