Current Twitter trends: the death of Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter, FIFA World Cup, Abby Sunderland

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Twitter and its users are getting into the swing of things for the FIFA World Cup. The trending topic list is dominated by terms related to the 2010 World Cup on the morning of June 11.

"Nelson Mandela" is at the top of the list. The former South African president's great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela was tragically killed in a car accident early on Friday, June 11. Thirteen-year-old Zenani Mandela was returning from the World Cup Kick-Off Concert at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg when the car she was traveling in was involved in an accident.

Ninety-two-year-old Mandela was set to make a rare appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening celebrations but will no longer attend the festivities out of respect for his great-granddaughter. People on Twitter are tweeting about the news saying, "Nelson Mandela will not attend opening ceremonies of World Cup after death of great-grandchild." 

Abby Sunderland, a 16-year-old solo sailor who was feared to have gone missing, was found by Australian search crews on Thursday, June 10. Microbloggers are posting about the news, pushing the name "Abby Sunderland" into third place.

The "#howcomeyoualways [how come you always...]" meme is trending on the charts in fifth place while "Oil Spill" drops two places overnight to eighth position. The name of newly released American action adventure film A-Team is in ninth place.

Terms about soccer dominate the rest of the chart, "FIFA World Cup" is second on the charts, "#worldcup" is in fourth place, "#wc2010" in sixth, the name of South African national soccer team "Bafana" is in seventh place, and the Italian and Spanish word for South Africa, "Sudafrica" is trending in tenth place.

The top 10 most talked about topics on Twitter on June 11 at 9:30 AM GMT are:

1. Nelson Mandela (new)
2. FIFA World Cup (new)
3. Abby Sunderland (new)
4. #worldcup (new)
5. #howcomeyoualways (new)
6. #wc2010 (new)
7. Bafana (new)
8. Oil Spill (-2)
9. A-Team (new)
10. Sudafrica (new)