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What do Most Twitter Users Want for Christmas? "You"

Writing a letter to Santa requesting Christmas gifts is so 20th century -- nowadays people are taking their wishes to Twitter. And what do people want most this year? "You."

Researchers at McGill University School of Computer Science analyzed 177,000 public tweets that contained the phrases "I want [blank] for Christmas" and "For Christmas I want a [blank]." And the most common fill-in-the-blank word was "you."

Coming in a distant second was singing sensation Justin Bieber, proving once again that teenage girls love Twitter.

"Hippo," a reference to the hit novelty Christmas song "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" from the 1950s was third. Along the same lines, "My 2 Front Teeth" was popular.

Also on the list were less idealistic requests -- iPads, iPods, iPhones, Blackberrys and the Nintendo Wii.

The Xmas Tweet project is part of an initiative to develop better ways to understand mass amounts of unorganized online data.


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