May 17th, 2010
03:13 PM ET

WebPulse: Muslim Miss USA, Twieber and speedy traders

Web trends have been dominated today by Rima Fakih, the new Miss USA, and discussions about her faith.

Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Monday:

Miss USA Rima Fakih - When the Miss USA pageant is in town, you never know what's going to happen or what headlines may show up the next day. And this year didn't disappoint - in some very good and bad ways. The biggest attention following the show centered on the newly crowned winner, Rima Fakih, who is the first Muslim to nab the top spot. And the Web hasn't stopped chattering about it all day. People have been talking about the positive impact of a female Muslim winning the crown - and the Detroit Free Press piece on Fakih that discusses the cultural significance of the win - especially since "some Arab Americans - in particular, Muslims - aren't keen on seeing their daughters and sisters participate in beauty pageants that feature public displays of the body."

And when there are those who praise, there are those who ... well, don't. With all of the positive press being thrown Fakih's way, her newfound fame has also meant that she's got people digging for the negative. Lots of chatter on the Web (where Miss USA, Rima Fakih, Miss USA results and tons of other keywords have topped the day) has also centered around allegations of racy photos and some of the perceived negative press from right-wing bloggers and talking heads. There's talk of "affirmative action" pageants, unsubstantiated claims about her families ties, and overall feelings that the pageant was thrown just so a Muslim could win. In particular, many people are commenting on Michelle Malkin's piece tackling some of the stumbles the "gaffetastic" Fakih, as she calls her, made along the way to getting the crown, including some allegedly improper statements on birth control.

"Imagine if those words had come out of the mouth of Carrie Prejean or Sarah Palin," Malkin wrote. "Fakih’s cheerleaders are too busy tooting the identity politics horn to care what comes out of her mouth."

Twieber - Did I just make a mistake? Is this about Twitter, or Justin Bieber? Yes, you're reading that right. The social media and teen sensation giants have been one and the same for a long time, after Biebermania took over the Web and fans tweeted left and right about everything the young star with hair that is always perfectly pointed forward was doing. But this weekend Twitter announced the love affair was about to be over - they were changing the way they calculated Twitter Trends with a new algorithm, and that would have meant the fall of the trending champ. But his fans wouldn't have it. After Bieber himself tweeted wondering about the change, his fans figured out they could outsmart the social media algorithm by making their own Twieber social media network and  talking about Bieber as Twieber - or even Jieber. "Twitter, your move next," the Bieber fans collectively texted. Well played, teens. We'll score this: Beliebers 1, Twitter 1.

Tradeworx speed trading - Remember last week when the stock market went on an out-of-control spiral - at one point dipping nearly 1,000 points in one day? In the days after the event, people blamed it on "fat fingers" that typed billion instead of million somewhere. There were a wide range of reasons given. CNN's Ali Velshi said on this blog that the real problem was the computer-heavy and computer-speeding trading these days. And that seems to have resonated with people looking to find out more about these speedy traders - including about Tradeworx, one such company that the New York Times wrote about in a blog.

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Twieber

    Twieber is actually a new twitter-like social networking site that Justin's fans created BECAUSE Twitter didn't allow him to trend anymore. was created yesterday and got so popular that it actually made it onto the TT list.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Waldorf and Statler

    I didn't think muslims were allowed to take off the bedsheets that cover them up yet. Good for her at least, glad she didn't blow up.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • xpatkuwait

      See what happens when you take the "bed sheets" off, you become Miss USA. LOL

      May 18, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. brazospete

    Well Obama did say "The U.S. is the largest Muslim country in the World". I don't even think it was a Freudian slip!

    May 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sunnyboy

    Michelle Malkan is so ugly and good enough reason not to watch Fox News

    May 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    She's a wonderful Pole Dancer and likely would be stoned and executed in a vast majority of Islamic ruled countrys in the Middle East.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • unlissted

      stoning is in the bible too...

      May 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Icarus

    Here we have a young Muslim woman in the spotlight. She has a chance to speak out against radical Islam.

    We all know that won't happen.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DB

    Icarus, her job is to be Miss USA, not a spokesman against radical Islam.

    She doesn't owe you anything.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. whateva

    Seriously..just like obama she wasent born in this country what a disgrace to this country and the pageant! Seriously what is happening to our country!?

    May 18, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Oscar Turner

    I've seen Carrie Prejean in person and i would have to say that she is just average looking-`*

    August 12, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Matthew Clark

    Carrie Prejean is quite pretty and i have a big crush on her too:`*

    October 1, 2010 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Melatonin Dosage 

    i would have to agree that Carrie Prejean has a great body but her face is not that pretty at all;';

    October 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Double Bedding ·

    Carrier Prejean is not that pretty but she has a very perfect body "

    November 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
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