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Social Media’s impact on The World Cup

The social media landscape has changed drastically in the last four years. Now with more people joining the fray it’s become a global phenomenon that can rival a much older phenomenon, The World Cup. Host of All Tech Considered, Omar Gallaga sat with Michele Norris to discuss how all of The World Cup chatter may stretch the limits of Twitter and Facebook. Listen to the broadcast here.

Below is an excerpt from their discussion:

NORRIS: Now, I wonder what this is doing to productivity in a lot of workplaces. What have the most popular sites done to prepare for this increase in traffic?

GALLAGA: Well, Twitter, in particular, had a lot of problems last week that were unrelated to the World Cup. They might’ve been kind of gearing up for it. But they warned their users that this kind of spike in traffic is probably going to cause problems. They’re probably going to have some outages. Facebook has fared pretty well, but both sides are doing a lot to just get people talking.

Twitter introduced some hashtags, where if you type in World Cup, it will actually put a little soccer or a team flag on there. So they’re definitely trying to get people talking. And Facebook is actually allowing people to comment with live video streams. So they’re pairing up – kind of Facebook status updates with those live streams.

If you’re a fan of The World Cup, have the outages or server errors kept you from discussing the sport?

Twitter’s Top Trending Topics of 2009

PCWorld.com just released their top trending topics of 2009. As we look through the list — any surprises? What other topics should have been included? We’d like to hear your thoughts.

There are plenty of lists on the PCWorld website, click here.

News Events

1. #iranelection
2. Swine Flu
3. Gaza
4. Iran
5. Tehran
6. #swineflu
7. AIG
8. #uksnow
9. Earth Hour
10. #inaug09

Technology became a disruptive force in Iran this summer when protests broke out over the results of that country’s presidential elections. Tech tools like twitter, cell phones, digital cameras, Flickr, YouTube and Facebook were all employed to get the word out and raise global awareness about the controversy. Since the protests, the actual impact of Twitter and other technologies on the protests have been called into question, but there’s no doubt Iran was a hot topic online this year.
Technology

Google Wave was the hottest technology topic on Twitter for 2009. Google’s collaborative work platform grabbed a large amount of interest when it was first announced, but since then enthusiasm for Wave has diminished. Apple and Microsoft got their fair share of tweets after launching the Snow Leopard and Windows 7 operating systems. And Palm’s Pre was the only smartphone to make any of Twitter’s top ten lists for 2009.

1. Google Wave
2. Snow Leopard
3. Tweetdeck
4. Windows 7
5. CES
6. Palm Pre
7. Google Latitude
8. #E3
9. #amazonfail
10. Macworld