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Sport, One Direction and royal baby talk dominated Twitter in 2013

Andy Murray and ten-legged singing group leads chatter on social network
Thu Dec 12 2013, 10:43
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SOCIAL NETWORK Twitter was dominated by sports, royal baby and carpark graveyard talk in the UK during 2013.

It seems the UK is a place where Leicester city carparks can tip up as royal burial grounds and mounds in Wimbledon can make a hero. According to Twitter the UK was also keen on One Direction, a ten legged singing group, and Glastonbury, a many tented music festival.

"2013 was the year a new #RoyalBaby entered the world, the year the nation rocked out to the Glastonbury festival, @AndyMurray won Wimbledon, and Richard III's remains were found in a car park in Leicester," said the social network. "It was also the year in which One Direction took Twitter by storm."

One Direction harmonised its way into the hearts and minds of short form message creators, and some of their 140 character pronouncements bounced around the world like a follower generating velcro ball.

The five piece group accounted for three of the five most retweeted messages of the year, one of which was a photo of someone asleep. The bigger tweets seem to average about one third of a million retweets. Between them, said Twitter, they have over 29 million unique followers.

2013 wasn't all about sleeping songbirds, and a range of football matches, Champions League, FA Cup and International games, the Wimbledon final and the New Year celebrations all caused peaks in Twitter traffic.

News wasn't just discussed on Twitter, it was also broken, and events like chemical attacks in Syria generated a lot of traffic. In the UK the social network is also a favourite among people that like to express their condolences online.

Canadian popster Justin Bieber was the most discussed person, and was followed by the author Iain Banks. Also feeling burning sensations around the ears were Paul Scholes, James Arthur and Ken Barlow, for assorted reasons. µ


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