Global Twitter Trends of the Week (Week Ending 1/17/2014)


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

Top Overall Twitter Trend: Oscar Nominations

Twitter was set ablaze with Oscar nomination talk after they were announced late last week. It looks like stranded astronauts and con artists are the fan favorites, after American Hustle and Gravity were nominated for multiple awards (10 each). Leonardo DiCaprio has also picked up his fourth nomination for his role in Wolf of Wall Street and Twitter seems to want Leo to finally take home a trophy. Do you think he’ll do it?

Twitter was bursting with news of the nominees as well as celebrity reactions:

Congrats to all #OscarNominations so excited for @LeoDiCaprio and the @TheWolfofWallSt I will be watching and rooting for them!

— Patti Stanger (@pattistanger) January 16, 2014

Jonah Hill nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Wolf Of Wall Street

— ThePlaylist (@ThePlaylist) January 16, 2014

Top Entertainment: Justin Bieber Egg Scandal

Justin Bieber was involved in some Twitter-worthy drama this week, after police raided his house following an egg throwing incident that caused $ 20,000 in damages. Of course, Twitter went wild after news broke: fans jumped on their computers and devices to show support in the form of thousands (and thousands and thousands) of tweets; and the rest of us… well, the rest of us just think it’s kind of ridiculous:

AP VIDEO: Detectives search Justin Bieber’s home for evidence in egg-tossing vandalism case:

— The Associated Press (@AP) January 15, 2014

Justin Bieber could egg my house and I wouldn’t even be mad. #justinbieber @justinbieber

— katilyn. (@Katilyn_99) January 17, 2014

Top Sports: Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the Ballon d’Or winner this week, regaining the title from Lionel Messi. The award, often “referred to as the European Footballer of the Year Award,” is an annual award given out by FIFA, presented to the player who had been voted to have performed the best throughout the previous year. Twitterers also relished the news that Ronaldo offered to buy all of his physios brand new cars if he won the award. The only subject to receive more Tweets may have been Cristiano’s new haircut.

“First of all I have to say a great thanks to all of my teammates with the club and the national team,” said Ronaldo. “Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible.”

Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon’dor. #CR7

— FifaFountain64™ (@FifaFountain64) January 17, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to score in Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.

— Rarest Facts ™ (@RarestFacts) January 17, 2014

Top Politics: Ariel Sharon

After a stroke and eight years in a coma, Ariel Sharon, the former Prime Minister of Israel, passed away this week. Twitterers discussed this “practical peacemaker’s” life and death, expressing support for his family and recalling Israel’s turbulent past.

Dignitaries pay respects to Ariel Sharon

— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) January 13, 2014

Interested in what happened in the United States this week on Twitter? Check out our USA Top Twitter Trends of the Week.

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