This year, more than 400,000 tweeted about their fast.
In the UK, A-Level exams are coming up at the beginning of March, so that may be part of it," wrote Stephen Smith of Open who tracks hundreds of thousands of Lenten tweets during the week of Ash Wednesday.
Smith also reported on how retweets affected his Lent tracker. [The full list is below.] Overall, the number of tweets fell sharply from last year.
While the top 15 terms are largely similar to the original list, college jumps nine spots to No. In 2014, roughly 646,000 tweets were published during the week of Ash Wednesday compared to the 409,000 in 2015.
Current events and pop culture are sometimes reflected in Lenten tweets, though Smith noted his surprise that given last week's harsh winter weather, "weather-related tweets aren’t more popular." "As a category, they move up one place from last year (to #12 from #13), though individually 'snow' moves up eight places and 'cold weather' moves up 79 places," he wrote.
In 2014, rapper Lil Boosie was released from prison during the week of Ash Wednesday, leading people to joke that he had given up prison for Lent. 51.) In 2013, after Pope Benedict announced he leaving the papacy, some wrote he was abstaining from “being pope.” (This phrase ranked No.
1.) One thing people don't give up: Bible verses.
Bible Gateway told CT that Lent is its busiest season of the year, with traffic between Ash Wednesday and Easter clocking in at 15 percent higher than the rest of 2014.
Searches relating to dust and fasting increased 1000 percent and 500 percent respectively on the days surrounding Ash Wednesday.