Assignment: Included in article: The topic that is trending, why you think it is trending (or why it is trending if the reasons are obvious, ie right now Cissy Houston is trending because Whitney Houston died the night before the Grammys) and whether or not it is trending on your own Twitter or Facebook (can you find that topic in your own social stream in the last 24 hours). This is an article to show students how often popular topics between the individual and their friends are also popular topics around the world.

Looking at the trending topics on Twitter once a day (excluding the promoted on at the top), and looking at tweets on my homepage to see how many times each topic occurs in the past 3 hours. My trends are set to Minneapolis.

Also, Look at the "Trending Now" on Yahoo once a day and record how many of those topics I have thought about that day.

Day 1

Twitter #TT:
#yeenboutthatlife -- 0
#YouOuttaLine -- 0
#GetOutMyFace -- 0
Happy First Day of Spring -- 0
Brad Radke -- 2 (Answer to a trivia question posed by @twins)
The Brick -- 0
Hines Ward -- 5 (Just retired)
Jane's Addiction -- 0
Bringing Down The House -- 0

--The only two topics that showed up on my Twitter were sports related

Yahoo "Trending Now":
Kirk Cameron -- No
Tebow trade rumors -- Yes (Manning signed w/Broncos, what to do with Tebow?)
Beyonce -- No
Kate Hudson -- No
Mutual Funds -- No
Gwyneth Paltrow -- No
Rihanna tattoo -- No
Obesity -- No
King of Tonga dies -- No
Spring equinox -- Yes (Obvious. First day of spring)

--One sports, one weather

Day 2

Twitter #TT:
#Igailaali -- 0
Sean Payton -- 14 Coach of New Orleans Saints, suspended for 1 year)
#LateNightReminiscing -- 0
Tebow to the Jets -- 15 (Tim Tebow traded to Jets after Broncos sign Manning)
#PeopleNeedToStop -- 0
Roger Goodell -- 2 (NFL Commissioner who handed down Payton suspension)
Glencoe -- 3 (small plane crashed near Glencoe, MN)
S Club 7 -- 0
Sanchez -- 2 (Current Jets QB, impacted by team trading for Tebow)

--Three sports-related, one a product of TT set to Minneapolis

Yahoo "Trending Now":
Hugh Hefner's son -- No
Zsa Zsa Babor's daughter -- No
Adriana Lima -- No
R. Kelly -- No
Aspirin -- No
Beyonce -- No
Katniss Everdeen -- No
Harry Potter station -- No
Mexico earthquake -- No
U.S. stocks -- No

Day 3

Twitter #TT:
#webchallenge -- 0
#ButYouAThug -- 0
#Gen44 -- 0
Dick Cheney -- 1
The Hunger Games -- 2
Maine -- 0
Ohio State -- 3
Washburn -- 0
Lakeville North -- 0

Yahoo "Trending Now":
Miley Cyrus -- No
Mark Wahlberg -- No
QB Josh Johnson -- No
Tim Tebow -- Yes
Affordable Care Act -- No
Kim Kardashian -- No
Anna Faris -- No
October Baby -- No
Investment Banking -- No
Louisiana primary -- Yes

Day 4

Twitter #TT:
#webchallenge -- 0
#ButYouAThug -- 0
#AintNothingLike -- 0
Dick Cheney -- 1
MOA -- 0
Mad Men -- 1
Damn Baylor -- 0
Perry Jones -- 0
Anthony Davis -- 0
Kyle Wiltjer -- 0

Yahoo "Trending Now":
Aretha Franklin -- No
Reese Witherspoon -- No
Battle Royale -- No
Andrew Luck -- No
Diabetes -- No
Gwyneth Paltrow -- No
Gas Prices -- Yes
Pope Benedict XVI -- No
Brittney Griner -- No
Tax tips -- No

Day 5

Twitter #TT:
#ExcusesToDrink -- 0
#TellAllYourFriends -- 0
#BelieveItOrNot -- 0
Mad Men -- 1
Fulham -- 0
Boyfriend is PERFECT -- 0
Old Trafford -- 0
Parcells -- 1
Man U -- 0

Yahoo "Trending Now":
Miley Cyrus -- No
Roy Williams -- No
Kim Kardashian -- No
Renee Graziano -- No
Kobe Bryant benched -- No
Jennifer Lawrence -- No
Bill Parcells Saints -- Yes
Health care -- Yes
Dow Jones -- No
Gas prices -- No
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