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SA's big hits on Twitter - 8 July

Eyewitness News takes a look at the day’s trending topics on Twitter.

Eyewitness News takes a look at the day’s trending topics on Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - As far as Twitter is concerned the only real story was Andy Murray's Wimbledon win 6-4 7-5 6-4. The trending terms included most words relating to the match yesterday and the win was trending globally as well as in the US, UK and South Africa. At the peak there were 36 000 tweets a minute talking about Murray. Murray is the 1st Brit to win since 1936, but that 77 year wait may have little prospect of anyone other than Murray being able to do it again, the next highest ranked male British player is Daniel Evans at position 252. http://bit.ly/12lVk5n

Besides the match itself pictures of the famous crowd got lots of attention it included British Prime Minister David Cameron, who believes Murray deserves to be knighted for his win, actors Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, musician/fashionista Victoria Beckham, footballer Wayne Rooney and wife Colleen and golfer Justin Rose.

The crash of Asiana Flight 214 on Saturday in San Francisco did not trend for very long, but it does illustrate the degree to which social media is now part of media reporting as footage of the crash surfaced from an eyewitness who happened to be filming at the time. http://youtu.be/CR67XIUBvMg The crash investigation has turned into a crowd project with the publicly available data from flight tracking websites allowing the data to be reviewed almost instantly. While there are advantages to having public access to information like this, after an accident, speculation may be represented as fact and reporting the actual facts can become a lot more difficult.

A side note to the story is that Facebook staff were on Flight 214 and COO Sheryl Sandberg was due to be on it too, but rescheduled to accommodate family. http://usat.ly/1da3TpL She posted on Facebook after everyone was reported safe http://on.fb.me/1da4yHO

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