This Week's Top 5 Trending Topics on Twitter in Canada

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

1. Harry Potter. 

The eighth and final movie in this epic fantasy saga launched at midnight this morning. Twitter users in Canada—and everywhere else, really—have been going nuts talking about the end of this decade-long movie series (they're books, too, by the way). "Gryffindor," "Albus Severus Potter," and "Neville Longbottom" are just some of the HP-related TTs that have been swirling about the Twittersphere these past couple days.

2. Rupert Murdoch and co.

Talk about controversy. Rupert Murdoch gained massive Twitter fame (and not the good kind) this week after he axed major British newspaper News of the World in a bid to take over television channel British Sky Broadcasting, a deal that ended up flopping anyway. NotW editor Rebekah Brooks has now quit amid allegations that the paper was involved in big-time phone hacking scandals. This story is only just beginning.

3. #improvefilmtitlesbyaddinginmypants

Twitter always has at least one incredibly stupid hashtag running on its TT list to satisfy the easily entertained. This week, #improvefilmtitlesbyaddinginmypants took off like crazy and is still very popular. Unfortunately, this type of stuff is quite the erosion of value for Twitter content, but at least by following intelligent people you can easily avoid most of it. In my pants.

4. Big Brother.

A new season of Big Brother has been unleashed upon the world, and as usual, it has people talking. This week saw a unique twist, bringing back old players and introducing a new partners rule. BB legend Evel Dick, who won Season 8's $500,000 grand prize, made a momentous return, only to leave in this first week due to a personal issue that required his immediate attention (it remains a mystery).

5. Justin Bieber.

Justin Bieber makes the rounds of any TT anywhere, anytime. This week, Beliebers were celebrating the fact that Justin reached 11,000,000 Twitter followers, closing the gap between him and world-first Lady Gaga. Can the Beliebers overtake Gaga's Little Monsters? Well, as one Canadian pop sensation likes to say, "never say never."

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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