Twitter Trends of the Week, Vol 96

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 Twitter trends to discover what the world is talking about. Here are some of the highlights:

Top Twitter Trend of the Week: St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone was “Irish for a day” this past Monday. St. Patrick’s Day, and its promise that spring is on the way, had people around the world celebrating: dyeing the Chicago River green, hosting parades across the globe, and of course, indulging in plenty of green beer. Twitterers shared plenty of photos and stories from the best parties and parades. Social media was buzzing with recipes for the perfect corned beef and cabbage, as well Tweets and statuses about an earthquake that briefly shook much of the Los Angeles area. How did you spend your St. Patrick’s Day? Whether it was attending a parade, devouring delicious corned beef, or enjoying a few drinks with friends, let us know in the comments below!

March Madness

The bracket bragging around the men’s NCAA Basketball Championship is dominating social media right now as fans boast about upset picks and curse their poor decisions. More people than ever have taken to Twitter to talk brackets. According to Twitter, #MarchMadness has been used over 135,000 times and the NCAA handle – @marchmadness – has close to 200,000 followers.

The first full day of March Madness was this Thursday, with many of the 64 competing teams playing tight, edge-of-your-seat games, including a few comebacks and upsets. The Twittersphere was talking about North Dakota State playing neck-to-neck with No. 5 seed Oklahoma, taking the game into overtime and ultimately shocking everyone by coming out with a big win (busting brackets, including ours). In another upset, Harvard, playing in the No. 12 seed, took out No. 5 seed Cincinnati.

Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps, the founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, died this past week. The founder of the Kansas-based church was known for his hate-filled and outrageous protests that blamed almost everything (including deaths of US soldiers) on the American tolerance for homosexuality. The Westboro Baptist Church tested boundaries of free speech and the right to assemble by protesting at the funerals of servicemen and celebrities, and even the victims of the Newtown, CT shooting. After a lifetime of spreading messages of hate, few people mourned Phelps on social media. Instead, many took to Twitter to express their hope that Phelps’ death would bring an end to the Church and protest movement he built.

L’Wren Scott

L’Wren Scott was found dead last Monday of an apparent suicide. Scott, an American fashion model, fashion designer and costumer designer also known for being the long-time girlfriend of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, quickly became the subject of many tributes and sorrowful messages. In a post on his website, Jagger (who had dated Scott since 2001) spoke of his sadness: “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way,” he said in the post. “She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me.”

Many others expressed their condolences on Twitter:

Helicopter Crash

A news helicopter crashed into a street and burst into flames near Seattle’s Space Needle on Tuesday, killing the two people on board. The helicopter was taking off from a helipad on the KOMO-TV station’s roof when it went down, hitting three cars (badly burning a man inside one of them). Burning fuel from the chopper and destroyed cars ran down the street for over a block while crews worked to stop it before entering the sewer. Those on social media posted images from the scene, giving real-time news and updates. Twitter streams were also full of messages of sadness and grief for the families of the pilot and cameraman who were lost in the crash.