The Twittersphere Bashes Annoying Twitterers

The Top 10 Trending Topics on Twitter This Week

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Let me start by pointing out that as I write this Friday morning, "Hard Nipples" and "Atlas Shrugged" are currently two of the top Twitter Trending Topics. Alas, the memes are not related. The latter has to do with the critically-loathed film adaptation of the Ayn Rand novel (at the moment it has a Metacritic score of just 22 out of 100), in theaters today. And it seems that the former trend is surging thanks in large part to widespread retweeting of a tweet from a fake Rebecca Black account, @_RebeccaBlack_: "Fridays give me hard nipples." Duly noted.

As for our regular Friday Top 10 Trending Topics on Twitter chart -- produced, as always, with our editorial partner What the Trend (WTT) -- pop star Justin Bieber makes a triumphant return to the No. 1 spot, thanks in part to the controversy surrounding his visit to the Middle East. (See "Diplomatic Breakdown Amid Bieber Fever in Israel" from The New York Times. I still can't tell if that headline was meant to be wry or not; hard to tell with the Times sometimes.) And Britney Spears is back in our Top 10, too, together with Rihanna, thanks to Brit's remix of Rihanna's "S&M."

Notably, six out of 10 of the Top 10 are so-called hashtag trends. (Background: Twitter Has Pretty Much Officially Become a Gaming Platform.) The most telling one this week is surely #themostannoyingtweeters. If you were hoping the Twittersphere would name names, well, sorry. The most retweeted tweets associated with the meme have to do with violations of Twitter etiquette (such that it is). For example: "#themostannoyingtweeters are the ones who try to tweet serious shit but cant spell so you cant take them serious," "#themostannoyingtweeters the people who think just because they hit follow you supposed to do the same shit" and "# themostannoyingtweeters are the ones that tweet depressing/sad shit onto your timeline. Ugh!"

Clearly, saying "shit" constantly is no violation whatsoever of Twitter etiquette.

And here we come full circle, with a tweet from @BigAlien ("Warcraft playing, gadget loving, Spider-Woman obsessed, photo taking, beer drinking, slightly deviant geek"): "Good grief - they've made a film of Atlas Shrugged! What, the book wasn't shit enough?"

How is this chart made? See Notes, below.

Trend Intensity Points Crowdsourced Description
1 Justin Bieber 3 6,627 Justin Bieber fans from around the world are tweeting encouragement after Bieber complained about being harassed by paparazzis while in Israel. Also, fans in Latin America want his film to be released there.
See for a complete list of subtrends.
2 #LiesPeopleTell 2 5,178 Users are sharing lies that some people tell each other.
3 #ItsSadWhen 2 4,052 Things people do or say that make others sad.
4 #IWasThinkin 2 3,659 What users are thinking about.
5 #AGoodBoyfriend 1 2,772 People are tweeting the qualities that make a good boyfriend and the things a good boyfriend does.
6 #OnlyInTheGhetto 1 2,522 Things that only happen in certain neighborhoods.
7 Rihanna-Britney Spears 1 2,495 Rihanna and Britney Spears have done a duet for a new remix of Rihanna's S&M. Fans of both artists are enthusiastic about the collaboration.
Subtrends include: Rihanna & Britney, RihannaBritneyVideo, RIHmix, Brittany Spears
8 #TheMostAnnoyingTweeters 1 2,383 Users are sharing qualities of fellow users on Twitter that drive them nuts.
9 Dream Concert 1 2,183 People are naming their artist combos for their dream concert.
10 European soccer/football 1 1,822 Soccer fans were talking about Stan Kroenke, owner of the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche, who is set to take over Arsenal F.C. after agreeing to buy key shares in the club. It has also been revealed that fan-favorite Gary Neville will play one last game for Manchester United.
See for a complete list of subtrends.

For more information about What the Trend, visit the WTT FAQ. And check out WTT's Week in Review, compiled by its in-house editors and covering an expanded general list of Top 20 trends (including hashtag trends) here.

Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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