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Based on Twitter’s analysis of 25 billion tweets, these were its top trends of the year. Real news (the Gulf spill and Haiti), the World Cup, and a nerdy movie make up the top 5. And the iPad and Android beat out Justin Bieber. Matthew Ingram points out how global they were, and he has said before that Twitter is real force in news. CNET doesn’t really know whether promoted tweets and trends cause high rankings or merely correlate with them, and another observer overstates the value of Twitter for marketing. And some of the new tweeters Twitter highlights feel pretty washed up.