The Gulf oil spill and the Haiti earthquake are among the top overall Twitter trends of 2010, according to analysis from the social network.
Social media blog Mashable reports that Twitter analyzed some 25 billion tweets sent in 2010 to come up with the top 10 list.
Twitter also analyzed the top 10 trending topics in eight categories: news events, people, movies, television, technology, World Cup, sports and hashtags.
Natural and man-made catastrophes, many of which impact insurers, feature even more prominently in the news events category.
The top three news events are the Gulf oil spill, the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods. Hurricane Earl also ranked eighth on the list.
TwitterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s findings also indicate the increasing use of social media in disasters.
Terms + Conditions tweeted on all of the above catastrophes, as did other I.I.I. Twitter feeds (@iiiorg @Bob_Hartwig @JeanneSalvatore @LWorters @III_Research @InsuringFLA).
Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on global catastrophes.