By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor
(CNN) - It's official: Pope Francis is the most talked-about person on the planet.
More folks have been chatting about the popular new pontiff online this year than Edward Snowden, Kate Middleton or even the Internet's favorite bad girl, Miley Cyrus.
That's according to the 14th annual survey from the Global Language Monitor, a Texas-based company that trackers top talkers on the web. The GLM says their rankings are based on an analysis of English-language blogs, social media and 275,000 electronic and online news media.
The GLM broke their research into three categories: top words, top phrases and top names.
Besides being the Internet's top name, the Pope's Twitter handle, @Pontifex, was the fourth most talked about word thus far in 2013.
The top three words were: "404," the numeric code for a broken web-page; "fail," the one-word taunt for all-things unsuccessful; and "Hashtag," the "#" used to denote topics on Twitter.
Paul JJ Payack, president and "Chief Word Analyst" at GLM says the 404 and "fail" got a big boost from the problematic launch of the Obama administration's website for purchasing health care under the Affordable Care Act.
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The year's top phrases also have a negative vibe: "toxic politics;" "federal shutdown;" and "global warming/climate change" took the top three spots.
Somehow, those phrases still seem more optimistic than last year's most popular phrase: Apocalypse/Armageddon. The End Times fascination probably reflected interest in the failed prophecies of Harold Camping, a doomsday radio preacher who predicted the world would end last year.
Besides the pope, here are the Internet's other most talked-about proper names in 2013:
3. The National Security Agency
4. Edward Snowden
5. Kate Middleton
5a. "HRH Georgie," the nickname of Prince George of Cambridge, son of Middelton and Prince William
6. The IRS
7. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
8. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
9. The Tea Party
10. The Boston Marathon bombers
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I can't believe all the bickering going on here, missing the most important part of the article that deserves attention: the improper use of "literally"!
For those with no sense of humor, that was intended to be funny.
Seriously, CNN, raise the standard. MKMilan, way to be the first to point it out.
There was an Italian writer who created a character, Don Camiilo, a country Italian priest, Don Camillo was asked by a coach who does God favor in a coming Football Match. Don Camillo said, both teams will be playing and praying to win, but one is likely to lose. Then will one praise God, and will the other curse Him? Don Camillo says God cannot be concerned with matters like this; it does not make any difference to Him.Then he comments about Hurricanes, Storms and Earthquakes:"God cannot easily interfere with the order of Nature."" What do we know? All we asked to do is to have Faith, this is what God wants, and help our fellow-man. The business and manipulations of all other things are really not our concern, we can only look and see, and perhaps believe.
While this may seem like splitting hairs, as I am a non-believer myself, I have never been able to fathom the concept behind a "pope" or "pastor". The Bible does not mention anything about Jesus' message only being understandable by a select few people wearing goofy looking robes? Do we have to have a college degree in Jesus to be able to be a church leader? Why one person talking while the others all have to listen? Where does the "pope" or "pastor" fit into the picture? Since the Bible is supposed to be freely available to all– shouldn't the message also be as open to interpretation? Does this "God" only talk to clergymen?
what the hell does anything you just said have to do with this article?
The free are in prison and slaves run
Wait, Killary Clinton isn't in the top 10? The media is obsessed with her.
Reblogged this on alejorey blog and commented:
Ok, how does one "...win the internet. Literally.? THE most misused word today, really!
What an incredible man. He may yet save the Catholic Church and maybe even more than that change the way the world thinks.
He can change the way his own mind-slaves think, that's true enough.
oh oh the outrage... not
I'm basically agnostic but II think the Pope is a good man, human being and a credit to his church!!! The lord asks nothing else than to be yourself and love his creations!!!
Is anything really being "talked about" on the internet?
Shouldn't it be "most typed out consecutive letters/words in English speaking countries" not "Most talked about person in the world"???
I mean, way to try to sensationalize nonsense.
Ugh! Don't call it a selfie unless the person in the picutre TOOK the picute!
oh the tragedy
The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.