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Halfway through 2011, Twitter-users are now sending 200 million tweets a day. In january 2009, that amount came down to 2 million tweets a day, one year ago (june 2010) Twitter users posted 65 million a day. 200 million tweets a day, that is…. a lot of tweeting! And a lot of exploding growth out there at Twitter.

Here are the top Trending Topics for the first half of 2011, divided into the two most popular categories (World events/News and Pop culture):

World events

  1. AH1N1 – Swine Flu
  2. Mubarak – former Egyptian President
  3. Easter – Christian holiday
  4. Cairo – capital of Egypt
  5. #prayforjapan – sentiment following the March earthquake and tsunami
  6. Chernobyl – site of nuclear disaster in 1986
  7. Libia/Libya – site of an ongoing civil war
  8. Fukushima – Japanese nuclear power plant
  9. William & Kate – Newly-named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  10. Gadafi – Libyan political leader

Pop culture

  1. Rebecca Black – pop singer
  2. Femme Fatale – newly-released Britney Spears album
  3. Charlie Sheen – actor
  4. #tigerblood – hashtag popularized by Charlie Sheen
  5. Nate Dogg – rapper
  6. Anderson Silva – Brazilian mixed martial artist
  7. Tom & Jerry – famous cartoon
  8. Mumford & Sons – British rock band
  9. Bieber alert – referring to artist Justin Bieber
  10. Queen Gaga – referring to artist Lady Gag

At Twitter, they’ve made a nice visualization about this milestone (infographics are hotter than ever). At the Twitter blog they write: “Using Twitter helped a homeless man reunite with his daughter, sent two Cincinnati Reds fans to spring training on a player’s dime, and even helped residents of a small city in Korea find fresh water after its supply was cut off.”