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What are the hottest pages on the Internet? If you said Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, you’d be right.

A quick scan of Alexa reveals that those three social media sites rank in the top ten worldwide at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 9 respectively (as of this writing).

The topmost visited site on the globe is Google. Others floating in the top ten category include: Yahoo, Baidu (the Chinese language search engine), Wikipedia, Qq.com, Taobao and Amazon.

Similar to Twitter’s “trending topics,” Alexa Internet, Inc. measures the most popular pages on the web and is updated every five minutes. A subsidiary of Amazon.com, Alexa provides commercial web traffic data by measuring the top 500 sites on the web at any given moment.

Searches can be filtered by country. For example, in the United States, the top 25 most trafficked sites are: Google, Facebook, Youtube, Yahoo, Amazon, Wikipedia, LinkedIn, Ebay, Twitter, Craigslist, Bing, Pinterest, Blogspot, Go, Live, CNN, Instagram, Tumblr, Paypal, Imgur, Reddit, Huffington Post, WordPress, ESPN.Go and Netflix.

Viral News Chart is another measuring tool that gauges trending topics and viral news posts as they happen. According to VNC, the project is developed in Slovenia by a small team who monitor the Internet to isolate trends and breaking news: “We monitor the work of millions of editors & writers giving them a good insight on the trends.”

Trends can be isolated by using a dozen filters that include business, politics, music, tech and science, news, sports and lifestyle. Further refinement can be done by location: worldwide, region or country. VNC scans all media, and users can see what’s trending within the hour all the way up to and including the last 48 hours.

For example, as I write this, 32,610 posts had been analyzed in last 24 hours, and of those, the No.1 most read item in the news category is the Baltimore Sun’s California Chrome wins to keep Triple Crown hope alive; Preakness draws record crowd. The story has attracted 827 Facebook shares, 29 Tweets and eight shares on Google+.

In the past hour, the story that’s getting the most attention appears on the site Raw Story. “SNL brutally mocks close-minded outrage over Michael Sam’s draft-day kiss.”

Then there are Twitter’s trending hashtags, a fairly good indicator of what’s on people’s minds.

Which brings us to the latest hashtag bonanza. Top voter getter last week was the perennial favorite: #Obamacare. This time it was used in conjunction with the VA hospital scandal (see #VAHospital) – as in this tweet by Dean Cain: Like ? Check-out the VA Hospital Scandal. It has covered many administrations, both Dem/Rep. Here it comes…

Some tweets don’t need words. This one is comedy, er… gold.

Who are you? Who? Who?

PsyID looks at all of the social media to see who people are and what they’re saying. Its founder and CEO John J. Cardillo was a New York City police officer before he started PsyID, the self-described leading provider of actionable social media intelligence and analytics. He’s a frequent guest on The Glenn Beck Program on The Blaze TV discussing reaction on social media to political and social issues. In a piece written by Cardillo last week at TheBlaze, Cardillo asks the tea party, “Who are you?”

Ted Cruz? Ben Sasse? Matt Bevin? Rand Paul? Marco Rubio?

It’s a fascinating piece worth reading. Cardillo writes of the mixed messages his analytics are seeing on social media.

Are you a political party or a philosophy? A political action committee or a lobbying organization? Do you have a platform or are you shooting from the hip?

Since you aren’t saying much about who you are these days, I tried to figure it out on my own. A quick search of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s database reveals that 195 entities have been granted trademarks for the words “Tea Party.” Around 40 percent are in use for some type of political purpose. Yet none tell us who you really are, or who speaks for and manages you.

I hate to break it to you Tea Party, but you have big problems. Huge actually.

More compelling insight by PsyID into what’s on the minds of social media users can be found here.

9-11 Memorial memorialized online

The National 9-11 Memorial Museum will be open to the public on Tuesday, May 21st.

There’s a plethora of information online about the exhibit, which contains more than 10,000 artifacts, many of them personal items donated from the 3,000-plus families who lost loved ones on the day our nation was attacked by Muslim jihadists. Begin at the official website, and from there click to a Youtube page with dozens of videos, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.

The 9-11 Museum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Check the website for more information.

Team work

These little twin sisters have figured out how to get the job done. When one of them accidentally drops her pacifier from her crib onto the floor, the pair figure out how to retrieve it. Dare you not to laugh at their efforts!

(Editor’s note: The babies speak German, but one of the English subtitles contains an obscenity.)

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