It is fairly common knowlege that the "Trending Now" section of any number of websites is based on the most current and most popular searches being done on those websites. Simply clicking on the link of a topic provides the website's audience with a quick and easy way to retrieve information about that topic. In most cases, people use the internet by themselves, for themselves. They are aware that there are billions of people using the internet around the world, but when you are sitting alone with your computer screen, it can be hard to think of those billions of people as they are- individuals with their own personal lives, just like you.

What you want to do is show your audience of college students how often and how much the Trending Now topics on Yahoo, Google and Twitter correlate with the trends found on the average college student's Facebook Ticker and Twitter Feed. The point is to show the audience just how often the internet at large reflects their own media encounters on a regular basis. There may not be many patterns to note on- you just want to show how often the top ten trending topics are found on an individual's social media streams.

Research by recording the top ten trending topics everyday for a week. Take the topics from Yahoo, Google, Twitter or any other popular site and compare them to your own Twitter and Facebook feeds.
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)

The stance should be entertaining yet informative. Almost all college students have accounts on multiple social media sites. Many have come to like one site more than others. Use Facebook and Twitter for the article's research, as these are the top two sites for social networking.

The tone should remain casual. This is an article to show students how often popular topics between the individual and their friends are also popular topics around the world.


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