Global Twitter Trends of the Week, Vol 92

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: Sochi 2014

We expect that the top Twitter trend for the next three weeks will be the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Because of this, we will focus on the top aspect that is trending—whether it be the facilities, Opening Ceremonies, or a specific Olympic event or athlete. 

Twitter has been on fire all week, as the first week of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi comes to a close. This week the world has seen some of the most fantastic moments, as well as some of the worst moments for many Olympic athletes. Germany proved to dominate in Luge events after they claimed gold in men’s and women’s singles and doubles. They lived up to the status of dream team on Thursday after winning the Team Relay event, giving Germany their seventh gold medal of the Games.

One example of the heartbreak many athletes face was for Elise Christie, a member of Team Great Britain. The moment happened after Christie slipped during the 500m speed skating finals on Thursday. Although she crossed the line in second place, she was penalized for taking out two other skaters in her fall and was given an automatic eighth place.

We have to give an Honourable Mention to the Canadian Cross Country Ski Coach Justin Wadsworth jumped on the track of the Men’s Cross Country Ski Sprint event to help a Russian skier who had broken a ski. “I wanted him to have dignity as he crossed the finish line,” Wadsworth, a three-time Olympian, said. Being a gentleman and an Olympian sure got him a lot of love on social media. +1 for humanity

Top Entertainment: Shirley Temple

Once news broke that childhood star Shirley Temple Black had passed away this week, Twitterers headed to their favourite medium to express their grief, sadness and great appreciation for her work. During the Great Depression, Shirley Temple turned frowns upside-down with songs such as “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” and then left the spotlight at 21 for a life of political service. A few of her most memorable roles include “Little Miss Marker” (1934), “Bright Eyes” (1934) and “The Little Colonel” (1935). She often played characters who were optimistic, orphaned, and trying to win the affection of a parent. People across the country flocked to see her films (for 15 cents) while in the depth of the economic sorrow.

It’s easy to see that this amazing woman made quite an impact on the world. Personally, I was born in the mid-80’s and still know each word to “On the Good Ship Lollipop.” Do you know the words? Were you affected by Shirley Temple’s passing? Let us know in the comments below.

Top News: Venezuela

One of the best sources of real-time news is social media, and Twitter has been playing a huge part in what is happening in Venezuela. Right now, the country is divided and at least 3 people have been fatally shot. The protests started because of a lack of inflation control by President Nicolas Maduro, rampant crime, and a failure to give young Venezuelans job opportunities. Both sides are blaming the deaths on each other, while Twitter has been reporting government backed groups were responsible.

One protester explained why he was there: “Venezuela is waking up, we’ve had enough of so much insecurity and repression on the part of the state’s public authorities and we are tired and showing it.”

The government has accused opposition hardliners of trying to mount a coup similar to the one a decade ago that briefly ousted the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.


Top Controversy: Giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo

If you spent time on social media this week, it would have been extremely difficult to miss the sad story of Marius the Giraffe. Twitterers were extremely upset after learning that a young giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo had been euthanised and subsequently dismembered and fed to the zoo’s lions.

Twitter members demanded an explanation, and they got one: “… the genes of the giraffe were too similar to the genetic makeup of other giraffes in the same breeding programme run by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.” Officials were wary of breeding closely related animals because it increases the chance that harmful genes would be found in any offspring.

Interested in what happened in the United States this week on Twitter? Check out our USA Top Twitter Trends of the Week.