Well, that was distracting. Between the royal wedding and Operation Pay Backistan (as Jon Stewart labeled the killing of Osama bin Laden), Twitter has been all, well, atwitter. Of course, the Twittersphere has a vanishingly small attention span, so Kate and Wills and Osama have all disappeared from Twitter's Trending Topics, as Twitterers return their attention to more pressing concerns, such as making date-related puns (see: #maythe4thbewithyou and #starwarsday, both of which are in the top 10 Trending Topics as I write this on Wednesday morning).
And of course, "American Idol" is back on TV again tonight. Ad Age 's resident "Idol" expert Judann Pollack, in a recent piece titled "Confessions of a TV Tweeter," notes just how addictive the combination of live television and social media can be -- and for America's favorite karaoke competition, the power of "social TV" only intensifies as the show plods toward its finale.
Since I can't really tell you who's who among the remaining finalists -- though I'm pretty sure Alfred E. Neuman and Chelsea Clinton are among the five left -- I'm going to tell you how the show's true stars are doing on Twitter.
The shocking results… after the break.
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We're back! And now… the results -- courtesy of data collected and parsed, as always, by our editorial partner Trendrr, the social-media monitoring firm: