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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Twitter top trends: Gulf oil spill trumps Justin Bieber

By Melissa Bell
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A football fan blows a vuvuzela horn. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Image)

The year of 2010 saw Twitter, the five-year-old micro-blogging site, skyrocket into the national conversation. Although only six percent of Americans regularly use the site, it has pushed political campaigns forward, offered a megaphone for some users, provided platforms to groups such as WikiLeaks and followed the news and conversation of the day. The company just released its top Twitter trends of the year.

As the recent controversy over WikiLeaks not being a regular Twitter trend despite the large amount of conversation around the leaked cables, the trends do not rely solely on the amount of mentions a topic gets, but more on the frequency and variety of the mention.

So despite "Justin Bieber" traffic consuming 3 percent of Twitter's total servers, the pop sensation ranks only No. 8 in the top trends.

A few interesting take-aways: Apple dominates the technology conversation, with four top technology trends revolving around Apple products. We're decidedly disaster-prone, with the top news trends revolving around the natural disasters of the oil spill, the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistani floods. Chilean miners and WikiLeaks also saw a lot of Twitter action. Brazil has been one of the top adopters of Twitter, and the effect can be seen in the top people mentioned on Twitter. Coming in No. 2 is Dilma Rousseff, the Brazilian president-elect.

The list of top trends:

1. Gulf oil spill

2. FIFA World Cup

3. "Inception"

4. Haiti earthquake

5. Vuvuzela

6. Apple iPad

7. Google Android

8. Justin Bieber

9. "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows"

10. Pulpo Paul

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By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 11:28 AM ET
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