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The week according to Topsy (9/27)

Happy Friday! Here’s a quick look back at some of the top stories that hit Twitter feeds around the world this week.

America’s Cup fever swept the nation

This week, the Oracle sailing team pulled off a series of dramatic come-from-behind wins in San Francisco Bay to triumph over New Zealand’s Emirates crew in the America’s Cup finals. On Twitter, too, the total number of tweets about #AmericasCup in the U.S. surpassed the number of tweets coming from New Zealand—although on a per capita basis, a much higher percentage of Kiwis tweeted about the event.

Ted Cruz spoke for over 21 hours on the Senate floor

Ted Cruz spoke for 21 hours beginning Tuesday afternoon, nearly breaking the record for the longest speech on the Senate floor. His motivated orature caused a massive increase in Twitter attention: around 1000 tweets per hour on average, peaking at nearly 30,000 tweets per hour. Even when most people went to bed, tweet volume stayed well above average activity.

Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory got engaged

On Thursday, the news broke that Kaley Cuoco, star the hit CBS show The Big Bang Theory, got engaged to pro tennis player Ryan Sweeting. Fans were thrilled for her, and positive mentions of her increased substantially.

Advertising Week took over New York City

Top media and advertising movers and shakers converged on New York City to attend the 10th annual Advertising Week, with panels, conferences and events galore. With Topsy Top Results, you can see what got people buzzing at the event. For example, at Arianna Huffington’s Third Metric conference, speakers discussed a definition of success beyond money and power, to great effect.


Microsoft Surface debuted to mixed reviews

The new Microsoft Surface was released on September 23. While it had positive pre-release buzz, sentiment was less enthusiastic after the actual release. Even so, sentiment remains positive, and it may help boost general Microsoft sentiment.

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