Mother's Day, "The Vampires Diaries," Chromebooks and earthquakes: This week in Twitter


(CBS/What's Trending) - What do the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Ghana and Germany have in common? On Sunday, May 8th, it was Mother's Day in all of these countries!

Users on Twitter, who share the details of their day as well as the "big moments" like the Royal Wedding, celebrated during the weekend by using hashtags and talking about #MamaSays and #5FactsAboutMyMom. Whether people have a close relationship with their mother or their mom has passed away, everyone has had a mother. On Sunday, people used the holiday as an opportunity to share stories and wisdom mothers passed along to them.

It was a big week for music on Twitter trends as the huge, ten member South Korean boy band Super Junior took the number two spot among Trending Topics. In the competitive world of South Korean vocal groups, Super Junior has shown that the more members a group has the better! Each singer or dancer has their own following on Twitter, who caused individual names or nickname to hit Twitter's top 10. Also charting were the perennially popular Justin Bieber (who was under the weather this week), Jonas Brothers (whose fans celebrated "Jonas Brothers Day") and Lady Gaga (whose Monster Ball Tour aired on HBO).

Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley attend a photocall for the TV series "The Vampire Diaries"
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It's been a while since a television series appear in a weekly Top Ten, but this week, cult favorite "The Vampire Diaries" ranked number five in the Top Ten. Starting in the 1990s with "Interview with a Vampire" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" TV series through to the "Twilight" books & movies and new shows like "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries," we are seeing the zenith of popularity for vampire-themed programming. Without getting into the intricacies of the series plot, this week was the second season finale of "TVD." Fan favorite character Damon (Ian Somerhalder) had been bitten by a werewolf and was dying. It didn't hurt that Somerhalder had 800,000 loyal followers on Twitter bemoaning his impending death in the days before the finale aired, and (spoiler alert!) the crisis was averted.

In the tech world, Facebook was top news. A virus on the social network and the company's PR practices received media attention . However, ordinary folks online spent more time talking about developments with search giant Google. At Google I/O, an annual two-day developer-focused conference in San Francisco, Google had several big announcements. They unveiled Google Music Beta, which allows users to upload their music to the service and then play their music on their Android phone devices as well as Chrome OS-powered laptops, which the company are calling Chomebooks. Meanwhile, Twitter users who are not early adopters but who love culture, were delighted with interactive Google Doodles this week that celebrated the birthdays of dancer/choreographer Martha Graham and British author/illustrator Roger Hargreaves.

Although they were of a moderate size, 4.5 and 5.1 magnitude earthquakes in Lorca, in the Murcia region of southeastern Spain, generated a lot of interest on Twitter. Nine deaths were reported, and 293 people suffered injuries while there was significant damage to historical buildings.

Why these earthquakes received so much attention and Feb 22's 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 181 people died, did not hit Twitter's Weekly Top Ten probably has to do with the greater number of people familiar with this area of Spain.

In the realm of natural disasters, the more sudden and visually dramatic an event is the more attention a disaster receives on Twitter. April's devastating tornadoes in the Arkansas? They briefly, but visibly, trended on Twitter. The more sustained, widespread Midwestern flooding over the past two weeks? This pervasive and hugely expensive natural disaster has yet to make an appearance among the 1,976 individual trends that have made the worldwide trends list for the past 14 days.

Rounding out the weekly Top Ten were worldwide football tournaments, the NBA playoffs and surprising exit of the Lakers and the Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley WBO Welterweight championship in Las Vegas.