Twitter recently released a list of the eight most popular hashtags of 2011. Since it first appeared in August 2007, the user-invented convention has become a shorthand, an indexing tool, and a vehicle for irony. The hashtag provides context and with more than 200 million people using Twitter, trending hashtags offer insight into the collective conversation. From death and destruction to popular uprisings and plain, old-fashioned navel-gazing, here's what we talked--err--tweeted about about this year:
1. #egypt and 8. #jan25
Social media played a critical role in the organization and reporting of demonstrations that surged across Egypt starting January 25. So much so that the government shut down Internet access for much of the country.
The unhinged Charlie Sheen was, perhaps unsurprisingly, the most popular topic in the actor category. But it was his assertion that he has "tiger blood" that captured Twitter's fascination.
2011's Top Buzzwords
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- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Thu, Dec 22, 2011 4:21 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
The dinner you aspired to make for the first time came off without any major hitches. Savor that giant piece of pumpkin pie and whipped cream now that you have a moment to yourself. You can tackle the pans you smartly left to soak later.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You have all the leftovers. Oh well. Spend a little extra time on that treadmill you turned into a clothes hanger. That should assuage your guilt. Do it now before you think too much about it.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Break out the card decks and teach your younger relatives how to play a game that is new to them but a piece of cake to you. Keep the score sheet and add it to your scrapbook pages.
Still need gifts for the men in your life? From your sweetheart to your dad, we've got you covered!
-Lennie Ross, BettyConfidential.com
gifts for men
It's that time of year again. The time women everywhere bite their nails wondering what to get their guy for the holidays. It starts when we're young. We have no idea what to buy our fathers. They always say, "I don't need anything," which I have learned over time is just their way of trying to take the pressure off.
Truth be told, fathers do like getting gifts, but they are so difficult to buy for, so they're often stuck with practical gifts like tube socks, underwear, ties, cologne and soap on the rope. I remember when I was about seven years old I made my brother a pair of sunglasses from red and green cellophane and black construction paper. I'm sure he really appreciated those!
Every man is different, so there's no such thing as the perfect gift. The most important thing is that you put a little thought into it. If you really wantRead More »from 8 Great Holiday Gifts for Men
- Carl ToersBijns | At Home – Thu, Dec 22, 2011 1:21 PM EST
Economic times are tough and people are struggling to make it through these hard times. Jobs are scarce and the paycheck keeps shrinking as it doesn't buy as much as it used to when the dollar was worth more than it is today. The rate of inflation and the feelings of depression have taken a toll on us and we are about to abandon everything we have worked for, fought for or lived for just to survive this rigorous lifestyle we have chosen to be better and to have more than ever before.
Realistically, we all have at one time in our life, exceeded our ability to live within our means and moved out of our old neighborhood into a new neighborhood that was taxing and draining our financial ability to sustain life as we want it to be rather than what we need it to be. We all have forgotten some of the most vital things in life in order to compete with the Joneses and to get away from where we were once in our existence and arrived at a final destination that is so stressful, frustratingRead More »from Christmas 2011 - Never Forgetting –Where You Came From!
After the winter solstice, days start getting longer for those who live in the northern hemisphere. The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the longest day of the year for those who live in the southern half of the world. This year, it arrived at 5:30 p.m. Universal Time on December 22 (which was 12:30 a.m. Eastern Time).Read More »from What is the Winter Solstice?
For centuries, people have celebrated the Solstice. Scientifically speaking, it takes place at exactly the moment when the Earth is tilted on its axis by 23.5 degrees, placing the northern hemisphere at its farthest point away from the sun. But what ancient cultures noticed was that the sun seemed to reverse course at a certain point each winter, and the brutally short days started getting longer again.
Ancient Kelts held massive bonfires to celebrate midwinter. The Ancient Japanese had elaborate rituals involving the return of the sun goddess, Amaterasu. The ancient Romans celebrated Saturnalia, which was originally celebrated by the Greeks as Kronia and marked by the giving of gifts, and they also dedicated an
While she was waiting to tape a segment of her show, Ellen answered some questions from the audience. She told them who she admires, and revealed the happiest day of her life!
Christmas Tree Farm
Where I was raised, in the land of ice and Chapstick, Christmas was not taken lightly. The North Dakota of my girlhood didn't offer Barney's-level windows styled by the 1960s equivalent of Lady Gaga, nor was it the Christmas of Bergdorf's, a store that will surely sell out of the gold Burberry snowsuit it showcases in this year's catalog, perfect for that infant who longs to look like an Oscar. You might imagine Fargo's take to be more of the Martha Stewart variety, with silvery angels flitting among hand-tied bows, but that wasn't it either, or even a holiday where rollicking rodents harmonized in falsetto.
Fargo went hardcore. Its Keep-the-Christ-in-Christmas Noel starred snow-covered Nativity scenes, heavily-attended church services, trees sagging with tinsel, sweaters that doubled as punch lines, and Norwegian delicacies:lefse, a flatbread concocted of the four blandest,Read More »from A Jewish Girl's Holiday Dilemma
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