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Top Twitter stories reflect what we really talk about

In the past, media would look back at newspaper headlines and proclaim "The top 10 stories of the year were…"

Stories that make headlines do shape the way we see the world and affect what we talk about every day, but just because a story makes the biggest headlines, doesn't mean we talk about it the most. In fact, the stories that get us talking are often hard to measure.

Unless you ask Twitter.

The social media network is an exact barometer of how many people are talking about certain topics, and tracks how many retweets a story gets. Some of this year's top twitter topics are obvious. Some, not so much.

Number one tweet this year? "Four More Years" from the White House, accompanied by a picture of the president and first lady, hugging on election night.

Number two? An RIP tweet from Justin Bieber, to one of his young fans who died of cancer at age six. Can't you just hear little girls (or their mothers) as they re-tweet, saying, "Awwwww."

Other topics: the Olympics and Usain Bolt, the death of Whitney Houston, and election 2012.

A measure of what we as Americans think is important? Maybe. A measure of what people addicted to social media think is important? Certainly.

But those two groups are looking more and more the same with every year that passes.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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