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: Atlanta Snowstorm
Atlanta, GA, was caught off guard this week after temperatures dropped and snow started falling. The 2 inches of snow that fell turned highways into parking lots and caused panic throughout the state. Commuters who have never had to deal with this kind of weather found themselves stuck for hours on roads, as the snow seemed to paralyze Georgia, causing accidents and pile-ups in magnitudes rarely seen. National Guard troops had been sent out to distribute blankets and MREs (meals ready to eat) to drivers along Interstate 20. It’s been reported that people who have been stuck for hours ended up abandoning their cars once the sun went down and temperatures started dropping.
While watching the snow fall and cars slide, many took to social media to share photos, videos and stories of what they’re now calling the Snow Disaster:
Absolutely hilarious. I think atlanta might have handled a zombie apocalypse better than they did that inch of snow pic.twitter.com/6ixHkfz9Vp
— Ovie Mughelli (@oviemughelli34) January 31, 2014
Atlanta’s one and only snow plow. Working overtime today pic.twitter.com/7gFxtjrhsi
— Kevin Antoine (@kevinantoine) January 29, 2014
Top Politics: State of the Union Address
Obama’s fifth State of the Union address was given on Tuesday. In his just-over-an-hour speech there were calls to change the existing tax code and to spend more tax money on rebuilding roads and bridges. There were also calls to boost education and, if possible, to completely avoid war. The underlying theme was his pledge to follow through on initiatives “even if Congress refused to join him in an election year.”
Republicans responded on Twitter in real-time to the President’s pledge to use the power of the pen by signing more executive orders. Congressman Tim Huelskamp couldn’t wait for the address to end before firing off his disapproving response. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) posted a number of Instagram photos, Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) asked for input on Twitter (using the hashtag #RandResponds). First Lady Michelle Obama recorded Instagram videos and Vines to advertise the address.
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) January 28, 2014
— Jeff Barrett (@BarrettAll) January 29, 2014
Top Entertainment: Grammys
The 2014 Grammy Awards took place last weekend, and a number of story lines surfaced on social media. First of all, was it really Daft Punk under those helmets? Winning 4 awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year, Daft Punk did make some waves on social media when questions of who was really under the helmets came up. What about Pharrell’s hat? Pharrell took home four Grammys including Producer of the Year-Non Classical, along with Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year and Album of the Year for his work with Daft Punk on their album Random Access Memories. Yet his hat caught more discussion than his awards.
Arguably the biggest upset of the Grammys came when Kendrick Lamar did not win anything. Instead, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home the Best Rap Album of the Year. Many fans and members of the rap community were outraged when the award was first presented, but Kendrick came back with a different view. “It’s well deserved. He did what he did, man,” Kendrick Lamar told XXL. “He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason. The universe comes back around. That’s how it go.” In addition to Best Rap Album, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won three other awards: Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. Kendrick Lamar was a nominee for every award Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won.
After the show was over, Macklemore sent Kendrick Lamar a text:
Top Sports: Pro Bowl
It looks like Deion Sanders was defeated by Jerry Rice, even a decade after both had retired. Team Rice won 22-21 against Team Sanders in the Pro Bowl last weekend, where fans saw a shake up due to a new format. Teammates faced off against one another because of the draft process. We saw Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson lay out running back Jamaal Charles, and Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward flipping receiver Josh Gordon. Although this made fans a little bit uneasy, it also brought a whole new level of competitiveness to the game,
— NFL (@nfl) January 27, 2014
— Reid Ferrin (@KCChiefs_Reid) January 27, 2014
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