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After all, Facebook users just wanted attention

Whether you like Facebook or not, you must recognize the popularity of the service and view it (with account and measure and very sparingly) as the barometer of interests of the general public that it can be. Aware of this role, or not at all, those responsible for the service have just published – just as services like Google or Twitter have done – a list of “trends” for 2010.

The analysis is done on a global scale, based on the status updates of the service users: the times that an expression is included in them and the growth that this use represents compared to its use in 2009.

While taking into account that the service is mainly aimed at personal use and sharing content in that context, it may be interesting to see which themes the themes covered on Facebook reflect those that made the news – and in services like Google, for example.

Topics such as the football world cup, the earthquake in Haiti or the Chilean miners closed for weeks with the world in anticipation of their destinies are some of the subjects in which the Facebook list coincides with those of sites like Google and Twitter .

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The group of common terms also includes the words “iPad and iPhone 4” and the singer “Justin Bieber”, but the specifics of Facebook spoke louder when determining the leader of the table.

We speak of the expression “HMU”, which is an acronym for “hit me up”, which can mean “call me” or “send me a message”, basically corresponding to a contact request, like “say anything” “.

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According to the service, the analysis of the status updates of members of the social network in 256 countries showed that this expression, which was hardly mentioned last year, started to be widely used in the first half of 2010, being mentioned 80 thousand times per day during the month of September, when the “peak” of its use was recorded.

The phenomenon will be associated with the students’ vacation period, and then the term will be used more frequently on weekends, explains a message published on the service’s blog, to which we refer readers who want to check the complete list of commonly used terms.