Clinton v Trump: Five Twitter takeaways

  • 27 September 2016
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It was one of the most anticipated political debates of modern times - and the hype was only amplified by social media.

But what did we actually learn from the millions of tweets sent about Monday night's presidential debate?

The raw numbers

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On Twitter the debate racked up numbers more commonly seen during international sporting events or shocking breaking news. Nearly five million tweets were sent out using hashtags #DebateNight and #Debates2016.

To put that into perspective, that's about 20 times the comparable number sent during the first big showdown of the UK 2015 general election - considered at the time to be a massive online political event.

And one candidate dominated the majority of the conversation: Twitter's communications team estimated that 62% of tweets were about Trump.

The phrases that cut through

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Better than watching paint dry?

  • 26 September 2016

More and more people are watching others mix paint online... but why? BBC Trending finds out.

Video Journalist: Andy Brownstone

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First fiver: How a single tweet kick-started a fundraising campaign

  • 26 September 2016
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A social media campaign in the UK is inspiring people to donate their first new £5 notes to charity.

The campaign evolved after John Thompson, a corporate fundraising consultant from Hertfordshire, posted a tweet pledging to give his first new fiver to a good cause, and asking his followers if they would too.

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How a sleeping Kyrgyz boy prompted poverty conversation

  • 24 September 2016
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This image of a Kyrgyz boy sleeping on a piece of cardboard has triggered a furore on social media, and a wider debate about poverty in the Central Asian country.

The boy is three years old and lives in the Osh region, in the south of Kyrgyzstan.

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Who is prepared for a 'zombie apocalypse'?

  • 23 September 2016
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"I am concerned about the readiness of our government in the event of invasion by aliens, zombies and extra dimensional beings".

The words of a Mumbai resident who filed a Right to Information (or RTI) application in order to check how prepared the Indian government are in the event of an attack by other-worldly or "undead" characters from science fiction.

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Ghana's problem with 'racist' Gandhi

  • 22 September 2016
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Nelson Mandela said that the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi had helped to topple apartheid in South Africa. Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I, was also an admirer. "Mahatma Gandhi will always be remembered as long as free men and those who love freedom and justice live," he said. Yet not all African leaders are inspired by the man known as the "Father of India".

An online petition, which has been signed by more than 1,000 people, has been started by professors at the University of Ghana. They call for the removal of a statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from the campus grounds in Accra. The academics say that Gandhi, who has been praised by public figures for leading India's non-violent movement to freedom from British colonial rule during the mid 20th century, had a "racist identity".

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Cracking contraptions: The man who makes crazy machines

  • 21 September 2016
Media captionMeet the man who makes crazy machines

Joseph Herscher has been making unique machines since he was five years old.

Videos of his eccentric contraptions have been viewed millions of times on several social media platforms. He tells BBC Trending what inspires him.

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How rumours that Nasa had changed star signs spread

  • 21 September 2016
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The rumour last week that 86% of us may not be the star sign we thought caused panic on some social media networks. So many people believed the story because it was said to come from Nasa. But how did one of the world's most respected aeronautics institutions get dragged into the topic of astrology - the study that claims to predict the future through the position of the stars?

Well, it started when Cosmopolitan magazine discussed a Nasa post that was aimed at children. Nasa's Space Place blog explained how the ancient Babylonians, some 3,000 years ago, believed that the movement of the constellations may have affected events on Earth. Their calendar forms the basis of the zodiac which we know today. Since Babylonian times the positions of the stars have changed, though - a fact that is well known.

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Brangelina break-up: The world reacts

  • 20 September 2016
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It's over. The world's most famous couple (apart from Kim and Kanye) are no more. Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt after two years of marriage, and more than a decade together.

Take a moment. We're in shock too. Undoubtedly there will be plenty of magazine op-eds and analysis published in the coming days. But in the interim, let's see how it's playing out on social media.

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Student athletes join US national anthem protest

  • 20 September 2016
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"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour," was the reason American football player Colin Kaepernick cited as his primary motivation for kneeling during every pre-game national anthem. An increasing number of young athletes have joined him in his protest, and the images have been shared thousands of times on social media.

On Friday 16 September all the players on Seattle's Garfield High School American football team and their coaching staff took a knee (knelt) during the national anthem prior to their game. An image of the group's gesture was picked up on social media, including by high-profile journalist and civil rights activist Shaun King.

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