Twitter has released its top 10 global trending topics for 2016. Unsurprisingly, the Olympics held in Brazil and the U.S election topped the list.
Tagged #ThisHappened, the list released by Twitter late on Monday showed that the Summer Olympics was the biggest buzz on the microblogging platform with 187 million tweets. The event, which only holds every four years witnessed the attendance of great athletes like Usain Bolt of Jamaica, and great gymnast Simone Biles among others.
U.S Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election held last November to Donald Trump of the Republican party. Events before, during, and after the election generated a lot of controversies. Despite series of controversial tweets posted by Trump pre and post-election, Clinton had more retweets and likes for this tweet: “To all the little girls watching…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world” posted the following day of the election. The tweet generated around 1.3 million retweets and likes; making it one of the tweets with loads of activities.
On the election day, more than 40 million tweets were sent out by Americans and other users around the world. This figure surpassed the 31 million posts during the 2012 U.S election that saw President Obama winning the votes for a second term.
Of course, other major events did take place, including the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, and the recent passing away of Fidel Castro of Cuba. While the death of Castro may not have generated as much buzz as that of Ali, it remained a significant event that got some people talking on the microblogging platform.
Other landmark events that shook the year include; Brexit, Euro2016, Oscars, BlackLivesMatter, and a PokemonGo.
With the hashtag, Twitter is encouraging every user around the world to remember 2016. In all, it was an eventful year, and one a lot of people won’t forget in a hurry.