Let’s start with the top ten topics that had the whole world talking – or should I say typing?
The Pope was one of five people who made the top ten. He joined Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, the Royal Baby and, incredibly, Miley Cyrus. Imagine that dinner party.
Election landed in the number two spot because Facebook counted the word in every language. If you want to see what ranked in specific countries you’ll find that here.
Looking at just the US:
Most Talked About Topics in the U.S.
1. Super Bowl
2. Government Shutdown
3. Boston Marathon
4. Syria Crisis
5. Harlem Shake
6. Pope Francis
7. George Zimmerman
8. Royal Baby
9. Nelson Mandela
10. Presidential Inauguration
11. NBA Finals
12. Kim Kardashian
13. Miley Cyrus
14. James Gandolfini
15. Meteor Sighting
Another interesting mix. Glad to see only a sprinkling of celebrity madness mixed in with newsworthy topics.
Now let’s break it down by topic:
Most Talked About By Topic in the U.S.
Sports – Super Bowl
Movies – The Conjuring
TV Shows – Scandal
Music – Get Lucky by Daft Punk*
Books – “Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander” by Phil Robertson
Games – Criminal Case by Pretty Simple Games
Public Figures – Peyton Manning
Politics – Government Shutdown
Technology – Instagram
Viral Moments – Harlem Shake
Internet Memes – Giraffe
*Most Played on Facebook via Spotify
I’m surprised to see Scandal as the most talked about TV show. I would have bet on Doctor Who, but maybe that’s just the circle I run in. I’m also a little disconcerted by the Duck Commander book making the list. Perhaps it’s a true literary masterpiece. I guess I should read it before assuming it’s not.
The list of check-ins assures us the Americans just wanna have fun. Disney properties took two of the top three slots. Five properties represent sporting events, six if you count gambling as a sport.
Top Check-Ins in the U.S.
1. Disneyland & Disney California Adventure (Anaheim, CA)
2. Times Square (New York, NY)
3. Epcot – Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista, FL)
4. Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)
5. AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
6. Rangers Ballpark (Arlington, TX)
7. Universal Studios Hollywood (Universal City, CA)
8. Fenway Park (Boston, MA)
9. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, NV)
10. Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (Houston, TX)
Disney also did well with the global check-ins:
Argentina: Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires
Australia: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), East Melbourne, Victoria
Brazil: Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo
Canada: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Egypt: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt
France: Disneyland Paris, Marne La Vallée
Germany: Reeperbahn, Hamburg
Hong Kong: Hong Kong Disneyland
Iceland: Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík, Iceland
India: Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple)
Italy: Piazza San Marco, Venice
Japan: Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo
On a more personal level, we have the list of top life events noted on Facebook:
1. Added a relationship, got engaged or got married
4. Ended a relationship
5. First met a friend
6. Added a family member, expecting a baby or had a baby
7. Got a pet
8. Lost a loved one
9. Got a piercing
10. Quit a habit
Got a piercing? How did “got a tattoo” not make the list?
If you’d like to see your own personal year in review, you can do that just by clicking here. I hope it brings back plenty of fond memories.