YouTube & Twitter in 2009

11:35 AM -- YouTube Inc. has announced its top five most watched videos for 2009, with Susan Boyle at No. 1 overpowering the competition by more than 80 million views.

The list:

  1. "Susan Boyle - Britain's Got Talent" (120+ million views)
  2. "David After Dentist" (37+ million views)
  3. "JK Wedding Entrance Dance" (33+ million views)
  4. "New Moon Movie Trailer" (31+ million views)
  5. "Evian Roller Babies" (27+ million views)
While obviously one of these is from a television show, one is from a movie, and one is from a corporation, two of these crazy-popular videos -- "David After Dentist" and "JK Wedding Entrance Dance" -- were created by amateur users. These user-generated videos have generated ad bucks for YouTube -- not to mention spawned merchandise, sold albums, and raised money for charity -- perhaps lending credence to the moneymaking power of user-generated content.

My personal favorite, No. 2, "David After Dentist":

YouTube made a separate list for its most watched music videos, which ranged from Miley Cyrus hits to Lonely Island's "I'm On a Boat." Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me" (which this hip author didn't know existed until now) topped the list with more than 82 million views.

In other news:

Twitter Inc. announced its top trending topics for 2009 in seven categories: movies, TV, sports, people, technology, news, and hashtags. Unsurprisingly, the top movie topics were Harry Potter and New Moon, the top TV topic was American Idol, and the top sports topic was the Super Bowl (duh).

The list of people that were most mentioned on Twitter this year contained some famous -- but mostly infamous -- names:
  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Susan Boyle
  3. Adam Lambert
  4. Kobe (Bryant)
  5. Chris Brown
  6. Chuck Norris
  7. Joe Wilson
  8. Tiger Woods
  9. Christian Bale
  10. A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez)

So it looks like Tiger just made it in at the end of the year with enough hullabaloo to soar to eighth place.

The top news trending topics indicate that we've been concerned about swine flu and the Iran election this year, but the list of leading hashtags shows that the only thing that exceeds our passion for democracy in Iran is our love of Music Monday.

— Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Cable Digital News

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