Here we are in December and the end of another year.  It is hard to believe we are at the end of the first decade of the millennium.

Of course as we approach this time of year we always start to see the end of year wrap ups and the predictions for 2011.

This post highlights three sites that have gone back over the past year to see what was driving our global society in three different areas of social media.

The first is Twitter and their Top 10 Trending Topics for 2010.


There are two people on that list I am surprised to see – Justin Bieber because I still do not get how he stays up there even after Twitter took steps to modify their algorithm to even things out.  The other is Paul the Octopus who predicted World Cup games and later died.  I guess he got more attention on Twitter than I realized.

You can find Twitter’s entire 2010 summary here broken down further by categories.

Next up is Facebook and an analysis of users status updates, which they call Facebook Memology, to see what the popular terms were for the year.


Not surprising to see several terms overlap between Facebook and Twitter as well as a few connections like movies on Facebook and two movie names on the Twitter list.  Of course the one individual who makes both lists – Justin Bieber.

Finally a summary of the year would be incomplete without knowing what the most popular search terms were on Google.

They call this the Google Zeitgeist.  A Zeitgeist is defined as the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation.

Of course the spirit and characteristic in this case is for the past year and searches that were made.

Here is the Google Zeitgeist 2010 Video