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[NEWS] Facebook reveals UK’s most talked about topics of 2010 by wearesme

In this modern-day and age, Facebook is used as the first point of call for the majority of people when venting their feelings and thoughts. Whether its mass updates expressing content or frustration at the latest X Factor elimination (and or fix) or in some infuriating cases, every minor detail of someone’s life including how many peas they had for dinner; Facebook is the place to get yourself heard.

Today Facebook revealed the most talked about topics in the UK in 2010. This was found through their Memeology study which looked at what terms grew the most in status updates in 2010 compared to the previous year.

There are 26 million Facebook registered accounts in the UK so the findings provide quite a comprehensive insight into the sporting, TV and cultural moments that prompted national conversations. Check out the findings below:

Facebook’s top status trends of 2010

Fifa World Cup 2010

The event that captured the imagination of the nation was the World Cup, which was discussed more than three million times. Subjects that divided opinion did well, with the vuvuzela rising rapidly up Facebook’s list of popular status update phrases in 2010.

Sport

Sport was a key interest – the leading sportsperson was Wayne Rooney, whose prolonged contract negotiation led to enormous levels of discussion on Facebook. Rooney was trailed by his England colleagues Joe Cole, Emile Heskey, John Terry and Rob Green, whose World Cup calamity led him to Facebook infamy as it was discussed by thousands of people.

The X Factor

In the worlds of music and entertainment ‘X Factor’ was king. While not making it to the final, the Brazilian Wagner led other contestants, with a number of supportive groups and pages driving discussion of Wagner past that of prime minister David Cameron, despite 2010 being an election year. The next most discussed ‘X Factor’ contestants were Cher Lloyd, One Direction and Matt Cardle.

Music

Facebook has always been a place where people share the music they love with friends, and 2010 was no exception. If a Facebook music chart were to exist without ‘X Factor’, it would undoubtably be topped by Tinie Tempah, with The Wanted and Ellie Goulding some distance behind.

Television

Increasingly, Facebook has become a mirror that reflects the opinions of millions on popular subjects. While TV may be the way that people unwind in the evening, it is quickly becoming a more social experience. The dominance of some TV shows in 2010’s Facebook words prove how the UK is becoming a two screen nation, where people watch TV but use their laptop or smartphone at the same time to share their views about the shows with their friends on Facebook.

The TV shows ‘Celebrity Juice’ and ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ captured the imaginations of people on Facebook, while the participants in the final series of ‘Big Brother’, including John James and Josie Gibson, driving a substantial amount of discussion – no other contestants came close.

Politics and Poppies

People on Facebook didn’t just discuss music, TV and sports however – the year’s discussion was heavily influenced by more serious subjects, particularly politics and the general election.

Despite Nick Clegg’s rapid surge in Facebook support prior to the election, it was David Cameron who attracted the most attention from people on Facebook. The Conservative party led the Liberal Democrats by a slim margin, despite the Lib Dems attracting more people to their fan page during the election period.

Facebook was also used by many people to express support for British troops fighting overseas, with a surge in conversations encouraging people to purchase a poppy in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.

Weather

It is a common adage that British people talk of little else other than the weather – but despite one of the coldest winters on record, generally weather didn’t appear in Facebook discussion.

The only weather phenomenon which inspired discussion was April’s Ash Could which rapidly became one of the most discussed subjects across the platform as friends used Facebook to keep in touch as Europe’s transport network shut down. (Via BrandRepublc)

SME x

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[NEWS] X Factor Final songs revealed by wearesme


For the first time in the shows history, each finalist has recorded their own song instead of singing their own version of the same song.

It’s definitely a good idea, for both the artists and the competition. No longer can people argue that the song was chosen with one artist in mind and likewise the artists themselves will be happier.

Just moments ago the songs were revealed, and it wouldn’t be The X Factor without a bit of controversy. The 2 controversial choices are One Direction singing a Jay-Z and Mr Hudson’s song, while Matt Cardle tackles a Biffy Clyro track.

Check out the artist song choices and the original versions below:

One Direction – Forever Young (Jay-Z & Mr Hudson)

Matt Cardle – Many Of Horror (Biffy Clyro)

Cher Lloyd – Impossible (Shontelle)

Rebecca Ferguson –  Distant Dreamer (Duffy)

We think Rebecca’s song is going to be stunning and probably the best of the bunch. What are your thoughts? And who will you be voting for?

The X Factor Final will be aired tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm on ITV1.

SME x

SME RELOAD: [VIDEO] Cheryl Cole ‘dad dance’ on stage with Cher Lloyd



[VIDEO] Cheryl Cole’s ‘dad dance’ on stage with Cher Lloyd by wearesme


It’s the final of The X Factor this weekend and all of the finalists have been performing in their home towns in an attempt to boost votes.

Check out this footage of Cher Llloyds performance of Soulja Boy’s ‘Turn My Swag On’ (probably the only track she performs well) in which she pulls her mentor Cheryl Cole on stage.
For someone who’s performances contain some sick choreography, instead of turning her swag on Cheryl opts for embarrassing dad, or in this case mum, moves while on stage with Cher; how bizarre!

Spotted at PB

SME x

SME RELOAD: X Factor Semi Final Best Of The Bunch



X FACTOR 04/12/10 Semi Final – BEST OF THE BUNCH by wearesme

It’s crunch time on the X Factor, with the semi final performances now done and dusted. Last night the contestants had to sing a club classic and a ballad to get them into next weeks final.

This week we were very impressed with One Direction and the ever consistent scouser Rebecca.

One Direction – Chasing Cars

The boys had a tough week losing their mentor Simon to flu (poor sod) and they were also one member down in rehearsals with Zain making his way home due to the passing of a relative (genuine sympathy).
And yet they still stepped up and gave 2 good performances; our favourite of which was their version of the Snow Patrol classic ‘Chasing Cars’.

‘Chasing Cars’ is the second single from Snow Patrol’s fourth album, Eyes Open. It was recorded in 2005 and released on June 6, 2006 in the US and 24 July 2006 in the UK. It became notable as one of the songs that revealed the impact of legal downloads on single sales in the UK. The song is Snow Patrol’s biggest-selling single to date

It’s like they’ve been doing it for years! When you remember that the group were strung together during the audition process, their achievement in getting this far seems all the more impressive.
They definitely deserve a place in the final; if anything to show the world that hard work pays off because they took their lifeline and have done their utmost to prove it was deserved.

Rebecca Ferguson – Amazing Grace

Rebecca sung the beautiful hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ in her second performance of the evening.

“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn written by English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), published in 1779. With a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, “Amazing Grace” is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.

Rebecca said she has wanted to sing this song for a long time and it was a very clever song choice here. Not only does it suits her voice perfectly but it’s very relevant with (what is meant to be) a very religious time of year just around the corner.

Please note; we have not mentioned the C word for obvious reasons. She should be arrested by the music police for murdering 2 more great ‘rap’ songs. That will be all on the matter.

Results on ITV1 @ 8pm tonight.

SME x



Turn your Swag On by wearesme
September 5, 2010, 6:40 pm
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150,000 views in less than 24 hours. Not bad for an unknown 16 year old!

Cher Lloyd’s audition on X-Factor has drawn plaudits from overseas (Soulja Boy) and closer to home (Chipmunk and JME) and SME would like to thank her for reminding us of this big tune by Keri Hilson and the Dime Divas. ‘Turn My Swag On’ has soared up to number 23 in the iTunes chart.


See Cher’s audition HERE.

SME x




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