With hundreds of millions of daily tweets and search inquiries in the United States alone, Twitter is rich with conversations and news updates. Our USA Twitter Trends of the Week chart captures the top 10 discussions and breaks them down trend by trend.
If you spend any time on Twitter -or any social media network, really- I would be surprised to learn that you haven’t heard of #SFBatkid. For those of you who haven’t, Batkid, aka Miles, is a 5-year-old with leukemia whose greatest wish was to be Batman for a day. Amazingly, that wish was granted with the assistance of The Make-a-Wish Foundation and almost the entire city of San Francisco. With the help of nearly 15,000 San Franciscan volunteers, Miles got to take down two of Gotham’s worst enemies, The Penguin and The Riddler.
To say this story spread on Twitter would be an understatement. There were 406,960 tweets on Friday featuring either #batkid or #SFBatkid hashtags. Some influential accounts that mentioned Miles included @BarackObama, @Instagram, @SportsCenter and @Funnyordie.
It’s easy to see how this wonderful story touched the hearts of those around the Twittersphere. Watching the best day of a little boy’s life via Twitter through photos, videos, and tweets made our lives a little better that day too.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 15, 2013
— Enrique Iglesias (@enrique305) November 15, 2013
The PlayStation 4 is breaking records in stores and on Twitter this week. GameStop president Tony Bartel explained that since PS4’s release on November 15, they have sold 80% higher than the total number of PlayStation 3s sold during GameStop’s entire 2006 fiscal year. This brand new gaming console features a new controller – with touch pad, motion sensor, and built in speaker. There were over a million pre-orders, making Sony’s plan of selling 3-million consoles before the year is over seem like a cakewalk.
Twitter was lit up with tweets asking:
PS4 or XBox One?
— DeputyMitchell (@DeputyMitchell) November 22, 2013
With Xbox One’s launch this week as well, we will see who will win out in this battle of the console.
Tweets of well wishes, thoughts and prayers flooded the social networking site this week, after 16 devastating tornadoes damaged over 1,000 homes in Illinois and Indiana. The strongest to hit Illinois slammed into the town of Washington, where one person was killed and another 120 were injured. The tornado was rated as an EF-4, one rank lower than the strongest tornadoes on the charts. The winds of this tornado were clocked at 190 mph, causing a path of destruction that stretched for more than 46 miles. For information on where/how to donate, follow @RedCrossCIC on Twitter.
— Jen Carfagno (@JenCarfagno) November 18, 2013
If you want to get an idea of the tornado’s incredible strength, check out this video:
Yeezus! Kanye released his newest video for Bound 2 this week via The Ellen Show, and got quite a bit of attention on Twitter. The video features beautiful landscapes, horses in slow motion, and Kim Kardashian topless on a motorcycle.
To fully understand why Twitterers were talking about the video so much, you’re just going to have to see for yourself (here’s an edited preview):
George Zimmerman did not have a good week. Surprised that he is in the news once again, Twitter exploded with tweets about Zimmerman after he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend, served with divorce papers by his wife, and revealed to be $2.5 million in debt. He was arrested and charged on Monday with felony aggravated assault after allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend.
Zimmerman was originally a Twitter trend after he was charged with second-degree murder, which stemmed from the shooting of Trayvon Martin in February 2012 (he was later acquitted).
If George Zimmerman keeps messing up, he’ll never be on Celebrity Apprentice.
— Fred Stoller (@Fred_Stoller) November 22, 2013
Want to check in on Twitterers around the globe were talking about this week? Take a look at our Top Global Twitter Trends.