Most Followed Trending Topics On Twitter in 2013

From breaking the news of a royal baby to a presidential election or the retirement of the cricketing legend, twitter continued to be the platform for mass interaction. So, let’s have a look at some of the most tweeted topics in 2013 that rocked the internet world.

Presidential inauguration, United States


The United States ushered in a second term for Barack Obama this year. Many people recorded the event by collecting social media and updates from around the Web, especially from twitter. The White House story drew heavily from the official presidential social media accounts, and continued with the updates even after the day of the actual event. There were around 1.1 million inauguration-related tweets during the ceremony. First Lady, Michelle Obama too tweeted: “Honored and blessed to be joining so many of my fellow Americans gathered to watch the Inauguration.” With over 34.7 million followers, U.S. President Barack Obama is the most followed head of state in Twitter.

Sachin Tendulkar Retirement


As cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar, played his 200th and final Test, tributes poured in on twitter in honor of the Master Blaster. From cricketers to politicians to celebrities from all walks of life, all took to twitter to express their feelings and to pay their tribute. In tribute to Sachin, BCCI ran a campaign in twitter called #ThankYouSachin, which generated over 3 million tweets. #ThankYouSachin was used not only by common Twitter users but also by celebrities like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As Sachin acknowledged the campaign, he wrote on Twitter page, “I am really touched with #ThankYouSachin messages. Your support all these years have inspired me to give my best,” reports TOI. The tweet was retweeted over 16,000. This makes it the most tweeted news in India, reveals Twitter. “I am really touched with #ThankYouSachin messages. Your support all these years have inspired me to give my best,” tweets Sachin.

Death of Nelson Mandela


After the former South African president—Nelson Mandela’s death, Twitter spiked at 95,000 tweets per minute  and has been flooded with tweets that are  tributes to this great legend. Madiba, also became a trending topic on Twitter with public figures, including former president Bill Clinton, tweeting affectionately about the leader. Over six million tweets were recorded and even the funeral ceremony generated around 328 000 tweets.

Election of Pope Francis


The election of Pope Francis does clock in as one of the biggest Twitter event of all time in the tweets per minute range. He is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of re-tweets worldwide. Pope, with 7.2 million followers is also the second most-followed leader of the world, after U.S. President Barack Obama. The new Pope’s papal inauguration generated more than 130,000 tweets per minute at its peak. Cardinal of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio‘s election dominated online discussion to such a degree that it became the subject of eight of the top 10 trending topics at one point, says Twitter.

The Birth of Royal Baby, UK


The news of the new born Prince of Cambridge earlier this year, brought Twitter close to meltdown as millions from around the world shared their excitement and offered congratulations. Incredible 487million Twitter users have posted about the Duchess of Cambridge going into labour even before the baby’s birth was announced. A spark of conversation came in the minutes following the initial announcement, with over 25,300 tweets per minute. According to Twitter, the highest volumes of tweets came from the UK, the United States, Canada, France and Italy. It was thought to be one of the busiest days the social network has ever experienced.

Government Shutdown, United States


The government of U.S. when shutdown for 16 days after Congress failed to enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014. Regular government operations resumed after an interim appropriations bill was signed into law. During that period, millions of tweets have been generated all over the world. Social media like twitter served as a megaphone for dozens of politicians airing their opinions to masses.

India’s Mars Mission


With India’s mars mission successfully launched, it became the first Asian country and fourth nation in the world to leap into the interplanetary space with its Rs.450-crore exploratory mission to Mars, about 400-million km from earth. Even this event took lots of netizens to voice their opinion in the social media especially in twitter. Here are some of the tweets- “Actually that’s how I celebrate #Diwali. By firing small rockets like #Mangalyaan. #MissionMars #MarsMission #IndiaMarsMission #lol.” “Its incredible that @ISRO_India managed to put together #IndiaMarsMission is just 15 months!”

The Boston Marathon Bombings


Twitter have brought the best and worst scene of the Boston Marathon Bombings that took place in April at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Gossip and poorly reported news spread like wildfire over social networks, creating some confusion regarding the identities of the suspected bombers. But Twitter also provided a way for people to spread accurate news, and more importantly, come together in grief and support. There were more than 27 million tweets sent related to the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Nina Davuluri brushes off racist criticism after Miss America victory

First winner of Indian heritage and aspiring doctor says she will rise above attacks on social media

 Miss America winner Nina DavuluriWinner Nina Davuluri said: ‘I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.’ Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The Miss America pageant has crowned its first winner from an Indian background – an aspiring doctor who plans to use the $50,000 (£31,000) prize money to fund her studies – sparking a flood of racist criticism on social media.

“I’m so happy this organisation has embraced diversity,” 24-year-old Nina Davuluri said in her first press conference, moments after winning the crown in Atlantic City. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”

But within minutes of winning the title, Davuluri, whose talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance, was the target of racist social media comments.


If you’re #Miss America you should have to be American,” said one on Twitter.


Davuluri, however, brushed aside the negative comments.

“I have to rise above that,” she said. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

Her grandmother told the Associated Press that she cried when she saw the news on television.

“I am very, very, happy for the girl. It was her dream and it was fulfilled,” 89-year-old V Koteshwaramma said by phone from her home in the city of Vijaywada, in southern India.

In the run-up to the pageant, much attention was given to Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, an army sergeant believed to have been the first contestant ever to openly display tattoos. She has the Serenity Prayer on her rib cage, and a smaller military insignia on the back of one shoulder.

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Vail won a nationwide “America’s choice” vote to advance as a semi-finalist, but failed to make it into the top 10.

In a Twitter message on Sunday before the finals began, Vail wrote: “Win or not tonight, I have accomplished what I set out to do. I have empowered women. I have opened eyes.”

The pageant pitted 53 contestants – one from each state, plus Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – in swimming wear, evening gown, talent and interview competitions.

Online Campaigns, the New Tool for Political Parties to Woo Netizens

Which strategy have the Indian politicians and political parties not applied to win the hearts of their voters? There are hardly any. With the advancement in the information technology, now the political parties are not just confined to their political campaigns through rallies, rath yatras, TV appearances, full page advertisements, posters and pamphlets but have also employed the new media platform like the internet and social networking sites for the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections, as reported by Kim Arora for Times Of India.


Most of the political parties have their own IT cells in order promote their party manifestos and contribute through the online medium. Recently, the netizens of the country were the most targeted masses through digital medium as the political parties believe it will easily help garner voters, mostly the youth. Arvind Gupta of BJP‘s IT cell said, “We’ve built a strong base of volunteers through our online outreach, who are well-informed about the party policy and its activities. Our social media guidelines, which are up on the party website, were crowd-sourced,” reported TOI.

The digital age has changed the game and this seems evident even among politicians, as they are involved in their digital campaigns. Kumar Vishwas of Aam Aadmi Party said “Not just our central team, even our candidates have online support groups they interact with regularly. When a five-year-old’s rape case wasn’t being registered by the police, the candidate from the area got people together with a single message. They picketed outside the police station until an FIR was filed.”

Though, social media and new technology was also employed during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the last two years have witnessed a massive increase in the practice of digital tools by political leaders and parties. This was started with several “official” Twitter and Facebook pages of the leaders, and now the policy makers are reaching out to the masses via videoconference too.


According to the study by the IRIS Knowledge Foundation and the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IMAI), social media is most likely to impact 160 Lok Sabha seats.

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) that acts as the watchdog of political parties is also in the digital race as they introduced a mobile app known as Election Watch Reporter. It was first launched in Karnataka to help people report violations of the election code of conduct with the help of mobile phone pictures, and soon a Delhi-specific version of the app will also be launched.

The internet medium which is considered as the fastest mode of deciphering information might indeed serve as a successful medium to political parties to get the maximum votes.

Robert Pattinson Has Another Fun Night Out With Michelle Rodriguez

Robert Pattinson’s Sexy Star-Studded Night Out Revealed

Rob and Michelle were spotted at an after party for a screening of the movie It Felt Like Love, an indie flick part of The Sundance Institute’s Next Weekend, a small film festival that rolled through LA on August 10.

It Felt Like Love may not have any big names in it, but its after party definitely brought out the stars, according to a few Twitter users who were also at the shindig. “Not gonna brag… but hanging out with Robert Pattinson, Marilyn Manson, and Kate Mara,” @sarahcroce tweeted.

“[NBA player] Baron Davis just told me my shoes were cool, Rob Pattinson is lighting a cigarette for Michelle Rodriguez and [director] Mark Borchardt is wearing a Milwaukee hat,” another user posted.

Another user uploaded a photo of Rob (well, at least his back). In it he’s chatting it up with a few partygoers, one of whom appears to be Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke.

And one other eyewitness may have been teasing Robsten followers by tweeting that Rob was laying the charm on thick at the soiree: “I am at a house party in the Hollywood Hills. Robert Pattinson is flirting in the kitchen.” But with who!?

Robert Pattinson & Michelle Rodriguez: Getting Closer?

This is the second time in the past few weeks that Rob has been spotted out with Michelle. On July 24 the pair hit up the Chateau Marmont, where they shared an intimate smoke break together.

Rob is clearly still dealing with some lingering feelings for Kristen Stewart — especially after seeing her recently — so we’re once again seeing him lean on his close friends and mix and mingle to get his mind off of things.

Every guy needs a few go-to BFFs — it appears Rob has found a new one in Michelle, who seems to be the person he can fall back on when he’s at big, nerve-racking industry parties like this one.

SRK was ready to raise fund for Pak flood, not for U’khand?

Cricketers and film actors are praised as gods in this country. Indians can do anything and everything for their favourite stars. But now these people disappointed their fans as they have not come out with financial and other material aids for the victims of Uttarakhand flood.
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan (SRK) was one among them who have been facing criticism for their inaction for the flood victims. Social media such as — Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp had gone abuzz with rumours saying the actor donated Rs 10 crore for Uttarakhand.
However, now it has been clarified that it was nothing but a rumour spread by his fans. The actor faced tremendous criticism as he had plan to raise fund for Pakistan when the country was hit by a massive flood in 2010.
The then Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray had turned up to the party’s mouthpiece – Samna slamming Shahrukh for his act. Thackeray had claimed, “…when India is paying tribute to its dead on 26/11 Mumbai attack, Shahrukh khan is going to dance on stage for a Pakistani Prime TV Channel and for few hundred pounds.” Sena MP Sanjay Raut was quoted as saying, “At a time when Mumbai is observing 26/11 and expressing anger against Pakistan, there should be a probe on why Shah Rukh has (expressed) love for Pakistan .
The ministry of external affairs must seize his passport. There is no need to show a pro-Pakistan stance and this betrayal of the nation.” About 20 million people were affected when heavy rains had triggered floods in in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan regions of Pakistan in 2010. Now, over 800 people died and thousands of people have been displaced due to the massive flood in the hill state of the country — Uttarakhand. Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna recently claimed that the death toll could mount to 1,000. Rescue operations were on for the 10th day.
Indian Air Force (IAF) officials claimed that rescue operation in Uttarakhand is the largest of its kind for the Air Force. The King Khan, however, has not come up with any charity show aiming to raise fund for flood victims of this country. The only message he left for his countrymen was a tweet. Turning up to the micro-blogging site Twitter, SRK tweeted, “As insignificant as we are against Nature’s fury, a prayer of Hope for all suffering in Uttarakhand. May Allah give them strength & safety.” While SRK and other celebrities including few cricketers disappointed the countrymen, cricketer Harbhajan Singh impressed with his move.
He joined the list of the people who contributed to the relief fund after donating Rs 10 lakh. Central Government and different State Governments also sent financial aid and relief materials to the flood-ravaged state. Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee, Uttara Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi donated their one day’s salary for the victims. Delhi Police and Tihar inmates donated Rs 1 crore and Rs 10 lakh respectively. OneIndia News

#Dubai Police patrols now go for #Ferrari after a #Lamborghini

It appears Dubai Police isn’t satisfied with just a Lamborghini Aventador in its fleet of patrol cars.


What else could match up you ask? How about a Ferrari?

Dubai Police authorities have mentioned on its official Twitter account that the zippy car will be added to its fleet, with the confirmation coming from the Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Al Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, himself.

The tweet simply reads: “Lt General Dhahi Khalfan: Soon Ferrari will join Dubai Police fleet.”

However, the model has not been confirmed, neither has a prototype image been released as yet.

Chances are that a 458 Italia could very well fit the bill, going from 0 to 100km in a mere 3.4 seconds.

Here’s one patrol car you just may find difficult to outrun.

Last week, Dubai Police unveiled its latest addition to the fleet of patrol cars, with images of the Lamborghini Aventador going viral online.

This was added to the Chevrolet Camaro, which was confirmed last month by the authority, with images of its two-door prototype also being released online.

In a statement, Dubai Police has confirmed it will soon introduce sports cars into its fleet to enhance its patrolling abilities.

Lieutenant-General Dhahi Khalfan, in the presence of Major-General Abdul Rahman Mohammad Rafi, Director-General, Department of Community Service, and Brigadier Pilot Anas Al Matrooshi, Deputy Director of the General Department of Operations for Transport and Rescue, are reviewing the new cars.

The sports cars have been designed according to Dubai Police specifications and ‘will help to facilitate policing on highways’, according to the authorities.

News of the Ferrari had many on Twitter cheering the new addition to the Dubai Police family, with tweets such as this one from Stranger Buddy saying: “Wow, I assume it will be a world record to have Ferrari for police patrolling. Keep it up. Dubai deserves the best.”

Don Joe Martin wrote: “Dubai Police is going to increase the standard of policing the world over. I love Dubai.”

Kaveen Amarasinghe posed the question that’s currently on everyone’s mind, asking: “Dubai Police, just curious to know if these cars will be used for patrolling purpose or anything else?”

Only time will tell. But needless to say, the emirate’s patrolling fleet looks poised to set a world record for being number one in style stakes.