There are over 300 million tweets sent from around the world every day. Because Twitter has become such a major source for global news and conversations, we pull weekly trends to discover what the world is talking about. Here are some of the highlights:
Top Twitter Trend of the Week: Chinese New Year
One of the most significant celebrations in China starts today. The beginning of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebration begins with the first new moon of the Lunar New Year and brings festivities of Chinese culture to cities around the world. This year will be the Year of the Wood Horse, as determined by the Chinese zodiac, taking over from the year of the water snake.
Feng shui practitioner Raymond Lo told Reuters: “The upcoming Horse year is also a ‘yang wood’ year, when people will stick more to their principles and stand firm. So it is hard to negotiate or compromise as there are more tendencies for people to fight for their ideals.”
— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) January 31, 2014
Top Entertainment News: Pete Seeger
Folk-singer and music legend Pete Seeger passed away this week at the age of 94. His music generally poked at the United States Government and empowered his listeners to join in, whether it be through singing along or marching in protest. He was not only a musician and an activist, but also was known as a “defender of all that is good in the world.” Although he studied mostly folk and gospel music, he wrote songs that appealed to all walks of life. In Allan Winkler’s book about Mr Seeger’s music, “To Everything There is a Season”, Tom Paxton recalls: “Pete never tried to convince us that he was ‘Appalachian’, or black, Irish, African or Scottish,” but made “the song the star and the singer merely the presenter.”
Love to Pete Seeger, who redefined the purpose and power of music and stood as it’s conscience for generations. pic.twitter.com/pNYBiUKyBm
— Tim Robbins (@TimRobbins1) January 29, 2014
Top Sports: Australian Open Winners
Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na woke up on Monday morning as the winners of the 2014 Australian Open. For Wawrinka, the win was a little bit of a blur; he won his first Grand Slam. On his way to the title, he upset No. 2-ranked Djokovic in the quarterfinals and then beat No. 1-ranked Nadal in the final, despite having never beaten either before. “I really never dreamed about winning a Grand Slam,” he said, clutching his trophy. “I don’t know about doing it again. But I did it, and no one can take it back.”
Li Na totally wowed audiences as she delivered the “best speech ever.” How did she make it there? Li Na was the runner-up in 2011 and 2013, but overwhelmed Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(3) 6-0 to win her second grand slam title.
He did it !! Stan wins his first Grand Slam!! Wawrinka beat Nadal (6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3)! Congratulations pic.twitter.com/IBkDkqUibl
— Federer Roger (@federer_roger) January 26, 2014
Top Tech: Bell Let’s Talk Campaign
Bell’s fourth annual ‘Let’s Talk’ day lets Canadians and people around the world take part in a global conversation to raise awareness about mental health. This past Tuesday, a total of 96,266,266 texts, Tweets, calls and Facebook shares were made during the 24-hour event. Bell Canada donated five-cents for each message, bringing the fundraising total to over $5-million. More than three million Tweets with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk were sent throughout the day, making it the number one Twitter trend in Canada, and the third worldwide.
Did you participate in Bell’s ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign by Tweeting, texting or calling? Let us know in the comments below.
Every time someone retweets this tweet, 5¢ will be donated to mental health programs #BellLetsTalk
— Bell Lets Talk (@LetsTalkBell) January 29, 2014
“To all those fighting mental illness know that you most certainly are not alone and you are most definitely loved. #bellletstalk”
— Pam Shuker (@Shukler) January 29, 2014
Interested in what happened in the United States this week on Twitter? Check out our USA Top Twitter Trends of the Week.