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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 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.


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.


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.


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)


[VIDEO] VH1 DIVAS 2010 SALUTE THE TROOPS (Performances) by wearesme

We brought you the photos of The VH1 Divas 2010 Salute The Troops concert yesterday, and the show finally aired in the U.S last night so we can now bring you the footage!

There were performances from Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Paramore, Sugarland but it was Grace Porter & The Nocturnals who stole the show!

The band aren’t nearly as big as fellow performers like Katy Perry or Nicki Minaj but they brought amazing energy to their set and rocked, out with their set including a duet with Heart. Following their performance their website crashed, they took over Twitter mentions and reached #5 on Google’s Hot Searches in the U.S.

You can check out their brilliant performance below along with all the other acts.

Grace Porter & The Nocturnals

Katy Perry & Nicki Minaj – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun


[SNAPS] VH1 Divas Salute The Troops Concert by wearesme

The likes of Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Keri Hilson all reported for duty at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego on Friday for the VH1 Divas Salute The Troops concert.

The show was presented by Kathy Griffin and featured a whole host of stars including SME favourites, the Jersey Shore crew! There were also loads of great performances on the night.

Katy Perry parachuted in lighting up the show with her performances of ‘Firework’ and her smash hit ‘California Gurls.’

Keri Hilson was introduced on stage by Brandy and a Navy soldier and she went on to sing her single ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ and covered Aretha Franklin’s ‘Think’ with help from Sugarland.

Nicki Minaj, sporting a bizarre poodle like blonde wig, performed her Pink Friday track ‘Moment 4 Life’ and duetted with Katy Perry on their version of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.’

The show will be aired in the US this evening and we will bring you footage as soon as its available. For now, check out some of the pictured from the night below.

And also, to do your bit for the cause, log on to www.vh1.com where VH1 are donating $1 to USO’s Operating Enduring Care for every photo shared on Facebook or Twitter.


[SNAPS] VH1 DIVAS SALUTE THE TROOPS (Poster) by wearesme

Music’s finest ladies report to duty for this poster advertising ‘VH1 Diva’s Salute The Troops’; a partnership with the USO which will see Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, Katy Perry, Paramore, Sugarland, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, performing for the Armed Forces during a special gig.

Kathy Griffin will host the show which is set to air on Sunday 5th December at 9 p.m on VH1.





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