In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to have a memory and attention span of a goldfish. (Goldfish?! I love those fishes ’cause they’re so delicious! Wait, focus, Kate. See what I mean?) So, every year, I look forward to various year-end lists (like EW’s own 2011 round-up… stay tuned!) that help me remember the big stories over the past 12 months that too quickly went out of sight and out of mind. It’s no surprise, then, that I’m enjoying Twitter’s list of top hot topics in 2011. Especially since it reveals quite a few surprises.
Among them? When it comes to TV-focused hot topics, Pretty Little Liars (No. 1) ranked higher than Two and a Half Men (No. 2), the CBS sitcom in the center of what might be the biggest entertainment story of 2011. Following Men? The Craigslist Killer (No. 3), the ripped-from-the-headlines Lifetime movie that managed to eke out in front of the very buzzy Ricky Gervais-led Golden Globes (No. 4). On the movies spectrum, Fast Five (No. 4) managed to outrank both Green Hornet (No. 5) and another similarly hued disappointing superhero movie… which wasn’t ranked at all. Fans of music everywhere would be dismayed to see Rebecca Black (No. 1) finish higher than Nate Dogg (No. 2) and Gil Scott-Heron (No. 5), and fans of Home Alone would be thrilled to see Macaulay Culkin (No. 2) outrank other hot topic actors like Gervais (No. 4), Jake Gyllenhaal (No. 7), and Ashton Kutcher (No. 8). Culkin, however, should have tied up an additional paint can filled with tiger blood to beat the actor list’s not-at-all-surprising first-place finisher, Charlie Sheen. And, speaking of, #tigerblood was the No. 2 hottest hashtag on Twitter in 2011. (Take that #superbowl!)
As for the round-up’s other categories: Egypt unsurprisingly ranked high in the hashtag and cities categories — thanks to a revolution that largely used Twitter to succeed — Mubarak’s resignation beat out the raid on Osama bin Laden in world news, and food lovers (and self-haters) were dying to talk about the McLobster (No. 1) and Fried Kool-Aid (No. 2). Oh yeah!… oh no, my stomach hurts.
See Twitter’s full list here, and let us know: What did you tweet about most in 2011?