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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


Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.

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