Sunday, 26 June 2011

Mashable: Latest 9 News Updates - including “LulzSec Shuts Down, Ends Hacking Campaign”

Mashable: Latest 9 News Updates - including “LulzSec Shuts Down, Ends Hacking Campaign”

LulzSec Shuts Down, Ends Hacking Campaign

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 07:51 PM PDT

LulzSec, the hacker group that has hacked the CIA, U.S. Senate, Nintendo, Sony and others, has surprisingly announced that it is disbanding.

LulzSec, short for Lulz Security, claims that it intended to only operate for 50 days as an attempt to revive the AntiSec movement, which is opposed to the computer security industry.

“For the past 50 days we’ve been disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could,” the hacker group said in its announcement. “All to selflessly entertain others – vanity, fame, recognition, all of these things are shadowed by our desire for that which we all love.”

The release continues on, explaining that the organization is not tied to its LulzSec identity and has succeeded in bringing back the AntiSec movement. The group, in fact, encourages others to take up its cause. “We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us… Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve.”

As its final parting gift, the group released one last data dump with data allegedly taken from AT&T, AOL, Disney, Universal, EMI and the FBI.

The group has had its way with corporations and governments for the last two months. It took down the CIA’s website, hacked Sony’s servers, released sensitive documents from the Arizona state government and attacked the U.S. Senate’s website. While a suspected member of LulzSec was recently apprehended, the group claims he was not its leader.

The end of LulzSec doesn’t mean the end of hacker attacks, of course. Long-standing hacker group Anonymous is still around, and we bet other groups will form in the wake of the group’s disbandment. And with 277,000+ followers and a captivated audience, we bet LulzSec will come back in one form or another. We also doubt its disbandment will stop authorities from searching for its masterminds.

What do you think of LulzSec and its AntiSec mission? What do you think will happen next? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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GitHub for Mac Makes Version Control Sexy

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 03:39 PM PDT

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Earlier this week, web-based code hosting service GitHub released GitHub for Mac, a free Git client for Mac OS X that makes managing and interacting with GitHub repositories and sharing code a snap.

Git is a distributed revision control system (DVCS) developed by Linus Torvalds for managing the development process of the Linux kernel. It’s a great way for teams to collaboratively share code. Like other DVCS tools, Git was designed for use at the command line.

GitHub for Mac isn’t the first GUI-based Git client for Mac OS X, but the fact that it’s free, well-designed and integrates beautifully with the world’s most popular Git host certainly sets it apart from some of the other options. That isn’t to say that apps like Tower, Gitbox, GitX and Sprout don’t still have their own merits, but GitHub for Mac sets a high bar for other Git clients.

Within 24 hours of its release, GitHub for Mac has already been installed by more than 30,000 users.

The app uses Chameleon, a port of Apple’s UIKit for iOS to Mac OS X. Chameleon was built by The Iconfactory for its fantastic Twitterrific for Mac app.

The user-interface of GitHub for Mac is top-notch; browsing through histories, looking at commits, switching branches and syncing changes is a snap.

The app is fast and it makes it easy to add a new repository to your GitHub account, share code, clone branches that don’t exist on your local machine and do standard push and pull requests. You don’t even have to use GitHub as your Git remote (though obviously, the program was optimized as such). You can set a remote manually and push, pull and sync changes within the app.

GitHub has also added a fantastic new “Clone in Mac” button on its website that makes cloning a repository a snap. I don’t commit a lot of code to GitHub, but I follow a lot of different projects and frequently download repositories and releases from the site. Being able to clone a repo directly in GitHub makes it easier to watch for updates, sync changes and also manage my own branches and forks locally (and if I choose, publish my changes publicly).

For a 1.0 release, the GitHub team did a great job. The app will be updated on a regular basis (a few bugs have already been fixed) and we look forward to seeing the app become bigger and better.

Do you use Git? If so, how do you manage your code and interact with remote repositories? Let us know.

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Seagull Snatches Camcorder, Flies Into Viral Video History [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 02:34 PM PDT

Enjoy this video along with us, as we try to believe a seagull would actually pick up a tiny GoPro video camera and fly with it for a few blocks, depositing it on a rooftop. We’d also like to believe that its owner would be able to find the camera afterward.

After you’ve virtually soared along with the sea bird on its majestic flight — where you can hear it breathing and see its perspective from aloft — and after you’ve laughed out loud at the goofy sounds the “seagull” makes toward the end of the video, come back to earth for a moment.

Realize that the company that makes the GoPro camera is quite adept at viral videos. Another hint: According to the video’s YouTube description, the seagull allegedly “stoled” that camera in Cannes, France, the location of a well-known film festival.

Probable conclusion: After scores of action videos featuring snowboarders and daredevils, apparently GoPro has branched out into skillfully produced simulated Seagull Cams. Brilliant.

Here’s another example of GoPro’s viral video prowess in a more straightforward clip that garnered 3.1 million views:

[via Boing Boing]

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NASA Successfully Tests Autonomous Lander [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 01:38 PM PDT

Here’s a video of NASA‘s successful attempt at setting a robotic lander free to fly on its own. The space agency’s robotic lander mission team is testing these small robotic space vehicles to land on the moon, asteroids and planets on their own, without direct input from humans.

That’s important because on many “airless bodies,” engineers can’t rely on parachutes or airbags to bring an unmanned robotic vehicle in for a safe landing as they do with Mars missions. And because the spacecraft would be so far away from Earth, it would take too long for control signals to reach the vehicle and feed back its results to Earth.

In the ’60s, NASA designed the moon lander to perform a similar function, but that lunar module was much larger than this, and, of course, it had two human beings on board to control its descent. In this first test, the engineers instructed the robotic lander to fly up to 7 feet high for 27 seconds and then land, and then it accomplished that autonomously. Check out the infrared view where you can see the heat plumes of the lander’s engines.

NASA’s looking forward to the day it can send these spacecraft to airless bodies and let them roam around the surface, lifting off and landing multiple times as they explore their scientific objectives. Next up is a test where the lander ascends to 100 feet, flying for 60 seconds. It’s a start. NASA didn’t say when these tiny spacecraft would be ready for flight, but when they are, they’ll have a major advantage over manned missions: They don’t need to return to Earth.

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HOW TO: Land a Job at LinkedIn

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 12:37 PM PDT

In the past year, LinkedIn received about 85,000 job applications — quite a bit for a dedicated global recruiting team of 45. And that number doesn’t even include the lucky group of people that LinkedIn recruiters actively contact on a daily basis.

With such high competition, applicants hoping to get a foot in the door at LinkedIn are better off knowing the ins and outs of the application and interview processes.

We spoke with Brendan Browne, LinkedIn’s director of global talent acquisition, about how job applicants can stand out among the masses and ultimately land a job at the world’s largest professional social network. Read on for his tips and let us know your questions about applying for a job at LinkedIn in the comments below.

Getting Started

The majority of LinkedIn’s recruiting efforts take place on The Work at LinkedIn page and LinkedIn’s very own company page on LinkedIn are the two main hubs for job listings and application information. Interested candidates can also use the LinkedIn Jobs search to narrow down job options by date posted, location, salary, job function, industry and experience level.

Browne suggests that applicants take a look at some of LinkedIn’s other online properties for a deeper understanding of what’s moving the company forward, including:

  • LinkedIn Engineering Blog: The goal of the blog is to share the latest technological developments at LinkedIn. Those interested in engineering positions should especially take note of the blog, as LinkedIn engineers share live code, details on winning Hackday projects and information about relevant events, such as LinkedIn Tech Talks and other tech meetups.
  • LinkedIn Labs: Here you’ll find up-and-coming beta products that have not yet been fully launched on LinkedIn. Like the Engineering Blog, LinkedIn Labs is particularly insightful for R&D applicants, especially those interested in product development.
  • LinkedIn Blog: To keep up to date on LinkedIn’s latest ventures, read the LinkedIn Blog, where product managers write about their recent projects. Hovering over an author’s name will connect you to their LinkedIn profile, where you can send him or her a message or get introduced through a mutual connection.
  • LinkedIn Press Center: Do your research and be up to speed on LinkedIn’s latest press coverage. The company’s press page also includes information on the company overview, investor relations and other resources that could be useful in researching the company.

Available Jobs at LinkedIn

LinkedIn currently has nearly 200 open positions that run the gamut, but there are two areas where LinkedIn is making the biggest push: R&D and sales.

On the research and development side, engineering, product development and data scientist roles are hot right now. Whether you specialize in web development, database engineering, building mobile applications or manipulating data to solve hard problems, there’s probably a development job that fits your niche.

On the sales side, LinkedIn is hiring at all levels across Asia, Europe and the United States.

What It’s Like To Work at LinkedIn

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, LinkedIn also has 16 other offices, located in Chicago, New York, Omaha, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Delhi, Dublin, London, Melbourne, Mumbai, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Toronto.

With 100 million users and nearly 1,300 employees, LinkedIn is a public company that reaches more than 200 countries and territories worldwide and is available in six languages.

By most measures, it’s a large company, but Browne’s description of what it’s like to work at LinkedIn makes it sound like a startup in corporate clothing. Yes, it has grown up from its humble beginnings, but its team hasn’t lost its entrepreneurial spirit.

The company is defined by transformation, says Browne — “transformation of the world, the company, oneself and you as a professional.” People at LinkedIn believe that they can “change people’s futures,” whether they are in Sub-Saharan Africa or New Jersey, says Browne. The team at LinkedIn strives to scale the company and cultivate professionals who are also happy outside the office while also making a global impact on how professionals connect.

Many of LinkedIn’s benefits and traditions support these missions — Hackday is one of them. As described by Technical Marketing Manager & Resident Hacker Matthew Shoup, Hackday is “one day set aside each month when employees step away from their everyday job functions to give back to the community, create new rapid prototypes, solve business problems, express ideas and be creative while learning and ‘bending’ new technologies.” Browne says that the variation of projects created on Hackday is wide and that some of the resulting creations have gone live on the site. And not everyone who participates is a hardcore engineer — those from marketing, design and elsewhere bring innovative ideas to the table for leveraging LinkedIn’s platform and data, too.

Hackday is part of a bigger program called inDay, which also includes a speaker series and time for employees to work on projects that they are passionate about and that positively impact the community. Here’s what Mario Sundar, LinkedIn’s senior social media manager and chief blogger, told Mashable about the monthly shindig:

“One of the elemental pieces of our culture is the monthly inDay where folks from across the company are given a ‘No Meeting Day,’ to focus on projects they are most passionate about. This ranges from the very productive Hackday (started by Adam Nash) to the TED-like Speaker Series where we bring in transformative professionals ranging from MLK III to Suze Orman to speak. Education is an oft-repeated theme as we get to hear from the game changers in that space like Sal Khan (Khan Academy), Charles Best (, etc. Many times these events lead to our colleagues contributing towards some of these worthy causes. For example, one of our engineers, Alejandro Crosa, built out’s first iPhone app after listening to Charles Best, the CEO, speak at an inDay where Charles announced their internal hackday contest.”

Sundar splits his time between LinkedIn’s Mountain View and Toronto offices, “so I get a sense for an emerging unified culture across the globe,” he says. “Frankly, I think projects like inDay actually translate well across different cultures, languages, etc. and get teams working toward a common cause outside of the daily work environment. This lends to a more collaborative environment when it comes to work as well.”

The LinkedIn Interview Process

LinkedIn’s interviewing process begins with a phone screening in which a recruiter conducts a “high-level assessment to really understand [a person's] motivations … and to make sure they have some of the key qualifications and competencies we need,” says Browne.

“Assuming that goes well, there’d be a phone call with, typically, the hiring manager,” continues Browne. “If it’s a more technical job, there will probably be a technical screen on the phone. Or if it’s non-technical, the discussion might be pretty functional.”

After passing the two phone call screens, job candidates move on to the on-site interview. While the format of the interview depends upon which group the candidate is applying to, Browne says that the common theme across all interviews is that “most people are coming in and displaying their problem-solving ability real-time, tackling real issues or acting in a real-life scenario. On the sales side of things, people need to come in prepared to pitch in a pretty formalized way … On the technical side, people are given real problems to go tackle. So, it’s a creative conversation in which the applicant is problem-solving in a conversational manner with the interviewers.”

If the on-site interview goes well, applicants typically meet a few senior LinkedIn executives toward the end of the process. The discussion is generally focused on career development and “where LinkedIn can take them in terms of their trajectory,” says Browne.

Standing Out

LinkedIn employee Armen Vartanian, seen here preparing for the 2011 Bay to Breakers race, is a 2012 summer Olympic hopeful. Vartanian recently moved from LinkedIn’s finance department to its newly developed health and wellness program.

Browne described in great detail exactly what traits his recruiting team looks for in applicants. Here’s a quick overview and our biggest takeaways from the conversation:

  • Passion is huge.”
  • “People who actually want to build stuff” are key.
  • “People who have a high degree of intellectual curiosity and are really results-driven” excel at LinkedIn.
  • “We look for a huge bias for action and doing.”
  • “People have to have deep aptitude in whatever area they’re in.”
  • “People wanting to make an impact is a big deal. It’s still early days in our growth. We want to connect every professional in the world. There are over 600 million professionals in the world. We’ve done amazing things, and there’s a lot more to do. There’s a lot of impact that you can have here. For people who are really eager to make serious impact and see their work go live on a site that touches over 100 million people, this is going to be a great place.”

In short, LinkedIn recruiters like to see that applicants — whether technical or non-technical — take ownership of their work. They build and do. Showcase your entrepreneurial side on your resume and in interviews, focusing on how you’ve worked with strategy, planning and management, as well as gotten your hands dirty in the process of building a product.

Being Active on LinkedIn

Don’t apply for a position at LinkedIn without having a LinkedIn profile — you’ll look ridiculous. At the minimum, complete your profile, including your job history, education and photo, and make an effort to build a network of connections.

“We often look at who you are connected to,” says Browne. If you are connected to “people that we know are pretty awesome” that means a lot, he says.

For brownie points, update your LinkedIn status with interesting information within your field and blog about relevant topics. Whether you’re an influencer in your space or not, having an active voice on LinkedIn will help you stand out.

“Even if there isn’t a position available that’s a fit for you, start building a relationship with the company now since LinkedIn is always looking to talk with passionate, authentic, wickedly smart people who want to solve very hard problems,” says Brendan. “Blog about the LinkedIn products you’d love to work on, reach out to people on the team that you’d like to work with and see if there are any projects you can collaborate on. Join LinkedIn Groups that other folks in your ‘dream’ department are a member of and chime in on the discussion threads.”

If you’re applying for a job at LinkedIn, Browne also recommends that you leverage your LinkedIn network to see if you have a second- or third-degree contact that will help open doors for you. As an added tip, if you make it to the interview process and figure out via LinkedIn that you have a contact in common with your interviewer, start off the conversation by asking how they are connected and explaining your own relationship. That simple anecdote can show that you understand the value of LinkedIn and how to use it for networking.

Your Questions About LinkedIn Careers

Let us know what questions you have about applying for and landing a job at LinkedIn, and we’ll do our best to get you answers.

More Job Search Resources From Mashable:

- HOW TO: Land a Job at Facebook
- HOW TO: Land a Job at Twitter
- HOW TO: Land a Job at 9 Hot Startups
- HOW TO: Land a Job at Google
- HOW TO: Land a Job at Microsoft

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Our Favorite YouTube Videos This Week: The Summer Edition

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 11:26 AM PDT

Sticky vinyl car seats. Droning ice cream trucks. Drunken bees drowning in your lemonade. All of these things could be said to evoke summer, but when asked to produce a vid in the summertime vein, all of the Mashable staffers chose music.

So, in honor of the recently passed Summer Solstice, we’re kicking off those lazy, hazy days with a collection of jams that should get you all pumped up to slack off.

Share your favorite summer songs in the comments below — and then go outside, already.

"Summer Nights," Grease

Stephanie Haberman: Lego stop motion Grease!

"Gold in the Air of Summer"

Stan Schroeder: ;)

"Summertime," DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Josh Catone: Summertime, you say?

"Summertime Blues," Eddie Cochran

Amy-Mae Elliott: I miss school summer holidays -- six weeks off! It's hard to imagine now.

"Summergirls," LFO

Brian Anthony Hernandez: 90s! 90s! 90s! This is going to be stuck in your head ALL weekend: "New Kids on The Block had a bunch of hits. Chinese food makes me sick." You're welcome.

"Schools Out," Alice Cooper

Sarah Kessler: Rock on and stuff.

"Summer of '69," Bryan Adams

Lauren Drell: "69" is apparently *not* a reference to a year...interesting...

"Cruel Summer," Bananarama

Stephanie Buck: Classic. Especially because it HAS been a "cruel summer" so far.

"Move Your Feet," Junior Senior

Zachary Sniderman: 8-bit summer FTW.

"Cold Beverage," G. Love & Special Sauce

Karen Hartline: Can't help but think about sitting outside on the patio during summer drinking a cold beverage when hearing this song!

"Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix)," Mariah Carey feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard

Ada Ospina: I remember the summer of 1995 recording mixtapes and hoping to catch this song uninterrupted.

Summer's Cauldron, "XTC"

Brenna Ehrlich: XTC are freaking poets. Most beautiful descriptions of summer ever.

Image courtesy of Flickr, kevindooley

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Smart Design: Switch Plug Saves Power [PICS]

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 10:30 AM PDT

Take one look at this Switch Plug and you’ll immediately see its value. Plug it in while the switch is in its off position, and there’s less of a chance of sparks or shocks.

Once you plug it in, flip the switch and its LEDs light up, reminding you that there’s energy flowing through that plug, perhaps encouraging you to turn it off when not in use. Our only quibble: those LEDs better draw very little power, lest they defeat the Switch Plug’s energy-saving purpose.

Designer Gonglue Jiang, currently studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, is onto something with this design concept. The idea could be especially useful if the technology were installed on those AC adapters that act like vampires, suck sucking power 24/7, even when you’re not using the device to which they’re attached.

This is not Jiang’s first encounter with plugs — he also created this colorful design he calls “Infinite USB,” giving you the ability to daisychain USB plugs, solving that problem of the reduced number of USB ports on many laptops:

Infinite USB

Infinite USB

Switch Plug

Switch Plug

Switch Plug

[via Yanko Design]

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3 Fresh Apps for Finders, Keepers & Seekers

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 09:30 AM PDT

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Each weekend, Mashable handpicks a few startups that we think are building interesting, unique or niche products.

Our selection this weekend includes a trio of applications. There’s one for wannabe freelance tour guides, another for the digital organizer and a third one for pure entertainment seekers.

Vayable: A Marketplace of Experiences

Quick Pitch: Vayable is an online marketplace where people can discover, buy and sell unique experiences, including tours, activities and extended trips.

Genius Idea: Sell your local knowledge to tourists.

Mashable’s Take: Travel as we know it is in the process of being distributed by social media. Add Vayable’s marketplace for experiences to the list of startups reinventing this category.

The startup takes an Airbnb-like approach to travel guides, so users can put their local expertise up for sale as independent for-hire tour guides, and anyone can browse and book available excursions. The site is also quite lovely to look at; it places an emphasis on art and photography to highlight tours and destinations.

“Vayable seeks to disrupt the tour and activity segment of the travel market by opening up the marketplace to everyone, not just traditional tour operators or travel agents,” founder Jamie Wong explains.

Vayable launched in April of this year and is a part of the 500 Startups accelerator program.

Thoughtboxes: Organize in Style

Quick Pitch: Thoughtboxes is a simple and stylish way to organize everything you do.

Genius Idea: An elegant twist on online to-do lists.

Mashable’s Take: To-do list applications abound on web and mobile, but Thoughtboxes’ super simple approach will appeal to those looking for a fast and easy way to build lists that are visible a single screen.

Thoughtboxes allows you to organize lists by “trains of thought,” which are essentially topic or project pages. Add boxes to your trains of thoughts, tasks to your boxes and invite friends to chip in with the planning and organization process. You can also manage, move around and color-code boxes, as well as star important tasks.

The free version comes with three trains of thought, but you can upgrade to the paid version for unlimited trains of thought and access to the group features.

Finders Keepers: Social & Mobile Hide & Seek

Quick Pitch: Finders Keepers is a treasure-hunting game where other iOS devices & Wi-Fi hotspots hold the treasure.

Genius Idea: Hide and seek for iOS.

Mashable’s Take: With this quirky little application [iTunes link] from Tiny Tech Studios, iPhone users will unlock their own digital item that they can then drop anywhere in the real world.

The point is to hunt down and collect the items dropped by other users with the application awarding points as you go. Finders Keepers hooks in nicely with Apple’s Game Center so there’s also a variety of achievements to unlock with game play.

Kimberly Carrasco is the one-woman-team behind the app shop Tiny Tech Studios, which has released a handful of games and applications for iOS devices since its founding in 2009.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, BartCo

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Remembering Michael Jackson: 10 Terrific Tributes [VIDEOS]

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 08:28 AM PDT

Two years ago today, Twitter and the social web was flooded with the sad and unexpected news that the King of Pop had passed.

Rather than dwell on his tabloid-saturated death, we prefer to remember Michael Jackson as the talented artist he was, through the voices and dance moves of his fans.

Take a tour through the video gallery below to see our top 10 Michael Jackson tributes, covers and dance routines from before and after his death, and let us know about any of your favorites that didn’t make the list in the comments below.

1. Thriller Record Breaker in Mexico

This video impresses due to its sheer scale. On what would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday, over 13,000 people reached a Guinness World Record for the biggest mass "Thriller" dance.

2. Mini Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's fans range from the very young...

3. Billie Jean Dancing Senior Citizens the young at heart.

4. "Thriller"... With LEGO

This pain-staking creation remakes the classic tune in LEGOs with "shot for shot" editing. The camera quality may be a little off but you can't beat such dedication.

5. Michael Jackson Medley

Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider's partnership produced this incredible medley which, at over 25 million views, has been watched more than some of Jackson's official videos.

6. Michael Jackson Dance Tribute in Stockholm

Swedes hit the streets to pay tribute to MJ with the "BOUNCE" troupe's excellent flashmob dance.

7. Michael Jackson - Beat It

Pomplamoose's interpretation of "Beat It" has racked up over six million views, making it one of the most popular cover versions.

8. Moonwalk: Michael Jackson's YouTube Legacy

Slate V's compilation of moonwalks pays tribute with a series of amateur videos. Some good, some bad, some pretty terrible, all go to show the lasting impact Jackson had on dance.

9. Dancing Inmate's Michael Jackson Tribute

Originally, a video of inmates dancing to "Thriller" at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center went viral. Here, in a more sombre and moving production, they pay homage to Jackson. This was filmed just 10 hours after his death.

10. You Rock My World - Michael Jackson - A Cappella Multitrack Cover - JB Craipeau

This charming a cappella version of "You Rock My World" was recorded "as a tribute to the King of Pop." We imagine that Jackson, who by all accounts adored his fans, would have liked it.

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Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

Posted: 25 Jun 2011 07:32 AM PDT

Twitter Chart Image

In a rare occurrence for Twitter, a holiday trend topped our chart for two weeks in a row. Father’s Day remains in the number one spot with a mix of sentiment and related hashtags.

International soccer returns to the number two slot after a week on the bottom rungs, and buzz about the NBA Draft kept basketball top-of-mind for tweeters, even after the championship games have come and gone.

To see the full list, check out the chart below. Because this is a topical list, hashtag memes and games have been omitted from the chart. The aggregate is based on Twitter’s own trending algorithm, and does not necessarily reflect raw tweet volume.

You can check Twitter trends from the past in our Top Twitter Topics section.

Top Twitter Trends This Week: 6/17 – 6/23

Father’s Day
Some users celebrated their fathers while others lamented fathers who were absent in their lives. Relevant hashtags included #ILoveMyDadEvenThough and #MyDadGetsNoCallBecause along with #HappyFathersDay.
Soccer players, managers, coaches and owners generating a lot of conversation this week were Andre Villas-Boas, Lionel Messi, Sylvain Marveaux, Daniel Levy, Joel Natalino Santana, Vitor Pereira and Raheem Sterling.
Several conversations contributed to this trend. First, there were #BasketballQuotes that reflected users’ attitudes towards players and teams. There was also the news that Ron Artest is trying to legally change his name to Metta World Peace. Finally, on Thursday night, the NBA Draft took place and many NBA draft picks hit Twitter trends.
Summer/Winter Solstice
For the Northern Hemisphere, June 21 was the longest day of the year, the first day of summer. But for those in the Southern Hemisphere, the day marked the beginning of winter. Notably, Google commissioned Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami to create a Google doodle to mark the solstice.
Ryan Dunn
Jackass star Ryan Dunn died in a car crash in Pennsylvania on June 20. There was controversy over movie reviewer Roger Ebert’s comments against drunk driving and the timing of his remarks.
Fried Kool-Aid
Chicken Charlie’s (a staple of fried rations at fairs across the country) is selling 400 to 600 orders of deep-fried Kool-Aid. Twitter users seem both fascinated and repulsed by the food.
Chris Brown
Fans of Chris Brown tweeted their affection for the singer while other responded harshly to the hashtag #ChrisBrownNeedsTo.
Jonas Brothers
Eagle-eyed Jonas Brothers fans generated several related trends when they noticed that Demi Lovato followed Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas, after unfollowing them earlier.
Clarence Clemons
Bruce Springsteen’s longtime saxophonist Clarence Clemons died on June 18 of complications from a stroke. He was probably best known for the sax solo in the song Jungleland. Clemons was 69 years old.
MuchMusic Video Awards
The MuchMusic Video Awards are annual awards presented by the Canadian music video channel to honor the year’s best music videos. Lady Gaga won Best International Video (“Judas”) and Favorite International Artist which caused her fans to celebrate.

Data aggregate courtesy of What the Trend.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, 123render

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