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#Egypt: the top hashtag on Twitter in 2011


A shop in Tahrir Square is spray painted with the word Twitter after the government shut off internet access on February 4, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Twitter said in December that '#Egypt' was the top hashtag used around the world in 2011.


Peter Macdiarmid

#Egypt was the most popular hashtag on Twitter in 2011, according to a new list published by the San Francisco-based social media company.

Thousands of young Egyptians took to the Twittersphere to post information about anti-government protests in the weeks leading up to February 11, when former president Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power.

Also on the Twitter list was #Jan25 - the date used in Egypt to refer to start of the country’s January uprising.

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Here is the complete list of hot topics and hashtags from 2011:

  1. #egypt
  2. #tigerblood
  3. #threewordstoliveby
  4. #idontunderstandwhy
  5. #japan
  6. #improudtosay
  7. #superbowl
  8. #jan25