Twitter has been super busy sending out 140 character or less comments from tweeters by the zillions all year, many accompanied by specific hashtags to draw attention to certain topics. And now the top 8 are in and reported upon.
Leading the list is #egypt which is no surprise given the extreme unrest in the African nation after Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak called it quits. Another country, Japan, is also on the Twitter top 8 list for 2011, but for far different reasons. The Land of the Rising Sun was hit hard by Mother Nature this past year, causing havoc, death and destruction due to devastating earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis that were beyond massive.
In order of hashtag popularity between #egypt and #japan sits #tigerblood, a contribution inspired and used by Charlie Sheen during his now infamous rant period. While you might expect #winning to be more popular than #tigerblood, apparently the more colorful expression by the temporarily out-of-control actor was, uh, winning instead.
Other winning Twitter hashtags included #threewordstoliveby, #idontunderstandwhy and #improudtosay. These generic members of the terms that bring followers together on the microblogging Website may well trend in 2012 as well.
That said, so might another popular member of this elite group: #superbowl. While this particular mention of the big game, also known as Super Bowl XLV, was for the contest held last year between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers on February 11, the next showdown between the best AFL team and the best NFC team will likely spawn another popular hashtag for the Super Bowl coming up again in less than three months.
Meanwhile, the final Twitter hashtag to be singled out refers to the first Twitter hashtag to be singled out. That was #jan25, the date marking the beginning of the 2011 Egyptian uprising that still continues today. Will the trouble stop once 2012 shows up on the calendar? Not likely, but hopefully peace will be restored as soon as possible.
And so there you have it: the top Twitter hashtags of 2011. Beyond those that won bragging rights to be mentioned yet again in this article as they have been mentioned on the social networking site that cited these helpful terms for followers to find other followers interested in the same topic, can you think of any others that you have used throughout the year? Please weigh in with some top Twitter hashtags of your own. Or make up some new ones to be saved for the new year. That would be fun, too.