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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.
It was heartbreak on the hockey front two days in a row for Team U.S.A. On Thursday, up 2-0 with 4 minutes left in the third, the women’s hockey team looked primed for their first gold medal since the 1998 Olympics in Nagano. But Canada rallied for two quick goals, sending the game to overtime. They then buried the game winner on the powerplay on OT, capping off an unlikely comeback and winning the gold.
The Americans and Canadians clashed on the ice again on Friday morning as their respective men’s hockey teams competed in a semi-final game. Unfortunately for American fans, the result went in the same direction. Despite a fantastic performance by goaltender Jonathan Quick, Canada took a 1-0 lead in the second period and held on until the end, advancing to the gold medal game against Sweden. The U.S. will play Finland for the bronze on Saturday.
For social media stats about the Olympic hockey, check out our #SochiSocial infographic
Bylsma: We’re coming home with a bronze medal. After we put this loss behind us we’ll be back to do that. #DawnsEarlyLight
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) February 21, 2014
Top Celebrity News: Ellen Page Comes Out
While attending the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive Conference for LGBTQ youth, actress Ellen Page came out as gay in a powerful and eloquent speech. The Canadian actress best known for her lead role in the movie Juno, explained that she was “sick of lying by omission.”
In her speech, Page also said she hoped that her coming out would help others struggling with their sexuality. While up on stage, visibly shaking and with a jittery voice she said, “I’m here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference.” Twitter was full of love and support for Page’s decision. Retweets and shares of the speech video were spread all over the social network.
Just wanted to take a moment to say how moved I am by all the support. I feel profoundly grateful right now. xxxx
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 17, 2014
Top Entertainment: Fallon takes over the Tonight Show
Jimmy Fallon took over the Tonight Show on Monday, bringing the late night talk show back to New York City. Fallon took the reigns from long-running host Jay Leno. His debut show was full of surprise appearances, including Robert De Niro, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Mariah Carey, Lindsay Lohan, Joan Rivers, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Sarah Jessica Parker, Joe Namath and Stephen Colbert.
Describing the gig as his “dream job,” Fallon said he was still working on his monologue as of Monday afternoon. During an interview with Ryan Seacrest (on Seacrest’s radio show) only hours before his debut on the Tonight Show, Fallon said “I’m freaking out right now.”
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) February 17, 2014
Top Tech News: Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 Billion
If you thought the acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion was pretty wild, this news announcement should floor you. Facebook is to buy messaging app WhatsApp for the incredible price of $19 billion. A press release shows that WhatsApp has around 450 million active monthly users, and 70 percent of these users are on the messaging service daily.
“WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post. “Facebook Messenger is widely used for chatting with your Facebook friends, and WhatsApp for communicating with all of your contacts and small groups of people.” Twitterers were surprised as the news flooded into their feeds.
— CIMA (@CIMA_News) February 21, 2014
Spotted: WhatsApp founder pic.twitter.com/0C39avAAjL
— Ashley Mayer (@ashleymayer) February 19, 2014
For more on this story, check out our blog coverage.
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