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Apple products are top Twitter topics as the social network reveals its top hashtags

What do Charlie Sheen and the unrest in Egypt have in common? No, it’s not that they were both out of control (although that is probably the case), they were both amongst Twitter’s top hashtags for 2011.

The social networking site has revealed what people have been talking about most this year, with a diverse range of topics making the top ten.

Showing that people don’t just follow Twitter to hear the inane ramblings of D-list celebrities, the number one hashtag of 2011 was #egypt.

Dripping tiger blood

Closely behind this refreshingly political top hashtag was Charlie Sheen’s infamous #tigerblood rant to a US celebrity gossip site.

During an interview, Sheen said: “My fangs are dripping tiger blood.” He joined twitter a short time later, prompting the hashtag to shoot up the rankings.

In its blog, Twitter said: “More than anything, these trends demonstrate how Twitter connects people with common interests. We shared our thoughts about the world we live in, and we listened as others around the globe chimed in.”

Twitter has also revealed the top topics of the year, with Middle Eastern uprising topping the news category, followed by the assassination of Osama Bin Laden.

iPhone, iPod and iPad

In terms of the tech world, Apple continues to stay at the top of peoples’ minds with four of its products in the top 10.

The Apple Mac app store topped the list of tech trends, with the iPhone, iPad and iPod all making into the top 10.

It seems there is a lot of excitement around Sony’s next generation hand-held console. The Sony NGP came second in the list, beating the Nintendo 3DS by six places.

In terms of games, rock’n’roll simulator Guitar Hero made the list of top topics, as did Duke Nukem Forever and Mortal Kombat. Surprisingly, there was no top spot for the multi-million selling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.