Global Twitter Trends of the Week, Vol 84

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:

Overall Twitter Trend of the Week: One Direction Day

Did you miss the buzz about One Direction Day? If you were on Twitter at all, you couldn’t have.  On November 23, One Direction got under way with it’s global, seven-hour live stream, which featured the guys (Harry, Louis, Niall and Zayn) hosting live performances, celebrity guests and lots of fan interaction (*swoon*). They also included some song teases from their November 25th release of Midnight Memoriesand plenty of shots of the guys without shirts on (they know exactly what they’re doing). The hashtag #1DDay (or something related) was the top trend in numerous countries, including Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway and Greece.

Top Science: Comet ISON

You may have seen the hashtag #ISON on Twitter this week, but did you know what it was really about? With Comet ISON getting closer and closer to the sun, NASA set up a Google Hangout and a #TwitterChat to follow along with the live broadcast. Scientists explain that it may have taken Comet ISON (named after the International Scientific Optical Network) more than a million years to travel through the solar system. It will now get as close as one million kilometres from the surface of the sun. Participants in the Hangout include Solar Physicists C. Alex Young and W. Dean Pesnell, as well as Karl Battams, a Comet Scientist for the Naval Research Lab in DC.

Top Politics: Malala Yousafzai

16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt for her activism was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought this week, from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.  It was not the fact that she was given the award, which made her trend on social networking sites, but her acceptance speech. After being given the plaque, and $67,000 instead of speaking of herself and her bravery, she instead turned her speech into an appeal on behalf of the nearly 60 million children worldwide who cannot get an education.

“Because of terrorism, hundreds of schools have been destroyed,” she said. Malala explained that the prize would encourage her to continue her work of standing up against the Pakistan Taliban for the sake of education.

Tech: Bitcoin

News about Bitcoin blew up on Twitter this week, as investors pile into the digital currency. This week the price of a Bitcoin soared about $1,000, from less than $15 in January. If you are one of those involved in Bitcoins, a new site has popped up to help you spend your bitcoins during #BlackFriday: “Bitcoin Black Friday“. Starting on the 29th, a large number of online retailers will be offering special deals just for Bitcoin users.

Although the word Bitcoin itself is floating all around the internet, many people are still slightly confused about what it really is: