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What Twitterers Are Giving up for Lent (2010 Edition)

The top 100 things that Twitterers are giving up for Lent in 2010.

Snow makes the list this year, understandable given the Snowpocalypse and Snowmageddon that gripped much of the Eastern U.S. in the weeks preceding Ash Wednesday. IPods also made the list after the Bishop of Liverpool asked people to consider praying instead of listening to them. This year a celebrity, Justin Bieber, cracks the top 100. He beat out the Jonas Brothers, 64 votes to 11; draw your own conclusions.

The list largely tracks last year’s list. It draws from 40,000 tweets retrieved February 14-20, 2010.

Complete List of the Top 100

Rank Word Count Change from last year’s rank
1. Twitter 2089 +1
2. Facebook 1874 -1
3. Chocolate 1323 0
4. Alcohol 1258 +1
5. Swearing 1158 +5
6. Soda 1126 0
7. Lent 792 -3
8. Meat 720 0
9. Sex 701 +7
10. Fast food 695 +7
11. Sweets 627 0
12. Coffee 445 -5
13. iPod 437  
14. Candy 325 +18
15. Religion 305 -6
16. Catholicism 264 -4
17. Smoking 254 +5
18. Junk food 251 +34
19. Giving up things 241 -6
20. Beer 241 -5
21. Chips 234 +24
22. You 233 +13
23. Stuff 217 -3
24. Fried food 199 +33
25. Red meat 193 +19
26. Bread 187 +13
27. Sugar 183 -8
28. Work 176 -14
29. Shopping 174 +11
30. Food 162 -7
31. Shame 150  
32. Social networking 147 -2
33. Caffeine 136 -6
34. Rice 136 +44
35. Procrastination 127 -11
36. Internet 126 -11
37. Cheese 120 +1
38. Coke 120 +41
39. Starbucks 119 +14
40. School 118 +36
41. Ice cream 118 +13
42. Booze 117 -21
43. Texting 114 +28
44. Masturbation 111  
45. Cookies 110 +11
46. TV 97 -18
47. Christianity 96 0
48. Snow 96  
49. Wine 92 -13
50. Pizza 91 +12
51. MySpace 91 +4
52. Men 90 +31
53. Giving up 89 -19
54. Sobriety 89 -13
55. Liquor 87  
56. Desserts 87  
57. Lint 87 -20
58. Pancakes 82 -29
59. Homework 81 +28
60. Marijuana 80  
61. Diet Coke 80 -28
62. Hope 78 +15
63. Virginity 76  
64. French fries 75 -15
65. Laziness 71 +5
66. Boys 67  
67. Nothing 67 -19
68. Carbs 66 -4
69. Justin Bieber 64  
70. Pork 64  
71. Porn 63 +9
72. Me 62 0
73. Sleep 61 -42
74. Complaining 58 -16
75. Eating out 58 -8
76. Jesus 55 -26
77. McDonald’s 55  
78. Beef 54 +18
79. Church 54 +6
80. God 53 -21
81. Abstinence 53 -39
82. Cake 52  
83. Negativity 52  
84. Him 49  
85. Juice 47  
86. Celibacy 44 +13
87. Chicken 42  
88. Lying 42  
89. New Year’s resolutions 42 -29
90. Sarcasm 42 -39
91. Snacking 41  
92. My wife 39  
93. Tea 37  
94. iPhone 37  
95. Exercise 36 -6
96. Sweet tea 35  
97. People 35  
98. Vegetables 34  
99. Pasta 33  
100. Self control 33  

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3 Responses to “What Twitterers Are Giving up for Lent (2010 Edition)”

  1. [...] Let’s look a little more at some of the data on what Twitterers are giving up for Lent. [...]

  2. [...] later start to Lent this year means that “snow” doesn’t appear on the list–last year, it was #48. Myspace hangs on at #99, dropping 48 [...]