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: 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 certain 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. Lets start with the good news: The first US medal of the Olympics was indeed a big one: Sage Kostenburg took home a gold medal after competing in the first Slopestyle Snowboarding event. Sage found that there is no better way to win the first medal in the first Slopestyle event than to pull off yet another first, a trick called “The Holy Crail.”
The bad news? For the first time since 2002, Shaun White didn’t make the podium. Instead of dwelling on the negative, Twitterers focused on a different Shaun White phenomenon: his hair. Previously the bright red mop of hair on White’s head was almost a trademark. For Sochi though, he chopped it off, and can now be seen sporting some suave looking locks that female (and even some male) Twitter users are totally loving.
Also, we have to give an Honorable Mention to #BobCostasEye. Although it might not have been the kindest hashtag in the Twittersphere, we appreciate the giggles it created. (@BobCostasEye you aren’t too bad either)
WOW!! I just won the Olympics!! Bringing back the first Gold here to the USA! Love seeing all the support from everyone YOU RULE!!
— sage kotsenburg (@sagekotsenburg) February 8, 2014
Matt had been planning to overthrow Bob for years. The eye infection is just the beginning.
— Bob Costas’ Eyes (@BobCostasEyes) February 14, 2014
Top Controversy: Michael Sam
With Michael Sam announcing publicly that he is an “openly proud gay man,” Twitter was awash in speculation this week about how the all-American Missouri Tigers defensive end’s draft prospects might be affected by the news. He had been expected to be picked in the early rounds. Assuming that he is picked in May, he could become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL. Most on Twitter were very supportive, with many sending Tweets of hope and inspiration towards Sam while videos (such as the video below) were shared around the country.
Top Tech News: Flappy Bird
DAMMIT!!! Ebay deleted my listing for an iPhone with Flappy Birds on it and the bid was at 99, 900 DOLLARS!!! WHY!? pic.twitter.com/dgr083osth
— Bart Baker (@BartBaker) February 11, 2014
Have you heard of Flappy Bird? Or more importantly, what level have you made it to? After more than 50 million downloads mobile phone game Flappy Bird has been removed from online stores by its creator, Dong Nguyen. Apparently, the creator had a very simple life and now he wants things to go back to normal. Nguyen also explained that the game was “an addictive product.” It doesn’t seem like this would be something that sparked a nationwide trend, does it? Well once the public realized that there were phones that have the Flappy Bird app on sale for close to $100,000, Twitter went wild.
As someone who hasn’t made it past Level 4 I agree with this:
Anyways, if you’re willing to spend 100,000 dollars on an iphone with flappy birds please call me. I’ll hook you up ;)
— Boogie2988 (@Boogie2988) February 11, 2014
Want to check in on Twitterers around the globe were talking about this week? Take a look at our Top Global Twitter Trends.