According to an article yesterday by Mashable.com’s Ben Parr, “twitter” is officially the most popular word for 2009. The most popular word award is based on data collected by the Global Language Monitor. Last year’s most popular word was “change.”
Twitter failed to secure the top spot as most popular search topic on Bing.com‘s list, however. The online sensation was supplanted by the search topic “Michael Jackson.” You can see the year’s top ten most popular search topics here.
This year, Twitter also changed its status question. The 140-character social network service became famous (or infamous) for the question, “What are you doing?” According to the service’s blog, this question was selected because Twitter was originally conceived as a mobile status update service. Now, the company writes:
“The fundamentally open model of Twitter created a new kind of information network and it has long outgrown the concept of personal status updates. Twitter helps you share and discover what’s happening now among all the things, people, and events you care about. “What are you doing?” isn’t the right question anymore—starting today, we’ve shortened it by two characters. Twitter now asks, “What’s happening?”