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 captures the top trending discussions and breaks them down for you.
Top Twitter Trend of the Week: Richard Sherman
A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2014
In less than 30 seconds Richard Sherman had made himself a household name. The country could not stop talking and tweeting this week, after hearing the cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks post-game interview at the NFC Championship. The Twittersphere lit up with Tweets that were less than supportive. Sunday night, names like thug and classless were thrown back and forth; Twitterers voiced their opinions and predictions about next week’s SuperBowl, where the Seahawks and Broncos will face off. It seemed like everyone was talking, while one man stood by relatively quietly.
Monday morning, Sherman wrote an article for Monday Morning Quarterback – an online blog. Here he states, “It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person. When I say I’m the best cornerback in football, it’s with a caveat: There isn’t a great defensive backfield in the NFL that doesn’t have a great front seven.” This article changed a lot of opinions and sparked a lot of discussions. At this point, we are just going to have to wait another week and see what happens on the field in the Meadowlands.
— Ochocinco’s OCNN (@ocnnreport) January 23, 2014
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) January 23, 2014
Top Entertainment: Bieber Arrested
Anytime Justin Bieber makes a move, Twitter knows about it. Of course, Twitter has been talking non-stop about Bieber’s recent arrest in Miani, after driving under the influence and drag racing. The Miami Beach Police Department released Bieber’s mugshot and arrest report, which stated that Bieber was “driving 55-60 miles per hour in a 30 MPH residential area. Bieber’s arresting officer writes that he ‘immediately smelled an odor of alcohol eminating [sic] from the drivers breath and bloodshot eyes.'”
Bieber has been in the news a lot this week, after reportedly dropping $75,000 at the King of Diamonds Gentlemen’s Club (not to mention the ongoing investigation for the egging incident). On Twitter when it comes to Bieber there are two types of people:
— Justin Bieber Fan (@hd_with_love) January 23, 2014
— Demi Hunte-Josiah (@DemiNOTLovato_) January 24, 2014
Top News: Purdue Shooting
This past Tuesday, a Purdue University engineering student opened fire inside a classroom, killing a TA and putting the campus on lockdown. While still trying to find a motive for the shooting, the accused shooter was charged with murder in court on Thursday. Tweets of support and care came from all corners of the country, as thoughts stayed with the victim’s friends and family, as well as the entire Purdue student body and staff.
Everyone please say a prayer for all those on Purdue’s campus. A shooting was just reported in the Electrical Engineering Building.
— Lucas Goedde (@Lukelele) January 21, 2014
Rivalry aside, send your thoughts to Purdue students today. A shooting just took place on their campus. #IUcares4purdue
— Tyger | The King (@TygerTheKing) January 21, 2014
Trending Holiday News: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday was the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s 85th birthday, and the country observed on and off social media networks. Many Americans reflected on the milestone event and took the opportunity to take part in selfless acts, spreading King’s message of love.
Happy MLK Day. pic.twitter.com/3CbHl87CQ8
— Nordstrom (@Nordstrom) January 20, 2014
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