Statistics revolving around conversations, life events, location check-ins, and trending topics for 2013, as the year draws to a close reveal some very pleasant and unpleasant things. Facebook says it analysed life events and places generated the most posts and check-ins in 2013, and then used the data to create global and country-level rankings. For topics, it says it measured how many users in 2013 mentioned a specific topic and then ranked those topics based on the overall number of mentions to create each list. We’ll just look at the top 10 most discussed topics this year(in no particular order):
10. Tour De France
The 2013 Tour de France was the 100th edition of the Tour De France, one of Cycling’s Grand Tours. The Tour started on 29 June with a 213 km (132.4 mi) flat stage from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia. The race concluded with a ceremonial stage that ended on the Champs Elysees in Paris on 21 July. Twenty-two teams entered the race, which was won by Britain’s Chris Froome of Team Sky. Second and third respectively were the Colombian Nairo Quintana and the Spanish rider, Joaquim Rodríguez.
In June 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides in the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. As of 16 July 2013, more than 5,700 people were “presumed dead.” Destruction of bridges and roads left about 100,000 pilgrims and tourists trapped in the valleys. The Indian Air Force, the Indian Army, and paramilitary troops evacuated more than 110,000 people from the flood ravaged area.
The 2013 Colorado floods are an ongoing natural disaster occurring in the U.S. state of Colorado. At least eight deaths have been reported by the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, with two more missing and presumed dead and hundreds remaining unaccounted for.More than 11,000 have been evacuated. At least 1,750 people and 300 pets have been rescued by air and ground. Nearly 19,000 homes have been damaged, and over 1,500 have been destroyed.
In the days leading up to June 20, 2013, Alberta, Canada, experienced heavy rainfall that triggered catastrophic flooding described by the provincial government as the worst in Alberta’s history.
8. Harlem Shake
The Internet meme in the form of a video in which a group of people perform a comedy sketch accompanied by a short excerpt from the song “Harlem Shake”. As a meme, the video was replicated by many people, using the same concept, and this rapidly led to it becoming viral in early February 2013, with thousands of “Harlem Shake” videos being made and uploaded to YouTube every day at the height of its popularity. This success of the videos was in part attributed to the anticipation of the breakout moment and short length, making them very accessible to watch. The Harlem Shake is technically very easy for fans to reproduce, as it consists of a single locked camera shot and one jump cut. Nonetheless, the simplicity of the concept allows fans considerable scope in creating their own distinctive variant and making their mark, while retaining the basic elements. There is a strong vein of humour running through each video that is not dependent on language, further increasing its potential to spread virally.
7. iPhone 5s
Apple unveiled an update to its popular smartphone on Tuesday at a press event at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. The tech giant announced the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C — two very different phones. Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook started off by saying, “In the past, when we’ve launched a new iPhone, we lowered the cost of the old iPhone, making it more accessible to new people. But this year, we’re not going to do that.” Instead, Apple introduced a lower-cost iPhone 5C alongside the iPhone 5S — the company’s flagship smartphone. The iPhone 5S: a phone that looks like the iPhone 5, but goes so much further under the hood. Is that going to be enough to impress the baying hoardes? There are many that think releasing the same design twice is cheeky, and there are others who realise that sometimes there’s no need for change. It’s easy to fall into the former camp, and while Apple will happily point out it’s not forcing anyone to buy its phones, its acutely aware the competition is now scarily strong and it needed to bring its best to stay relevant.
Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, in early November 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record,killing at least 6,069 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed. The thirtieth named storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, Haiyan originated from an area of low pressure several hundred kilometers east-southeast of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia on November 2, 2013.
Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Phailin was the strongest named cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, caused substantial damage in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, India, in early October 2013. It was also the most intense cyclone that crossed Indian coast after the 1999 Odisha cyclone. It is being compared to being as devastating as Hurricane Katrina The system was first noted as a tropical depression on October 4, 2013 within the Gulf of Thailand, to the west of Pnom Penh in Cambodia. Around 12 million people may be affected. As part of the preparations, 600 buildings were identified as cyclone shelters and people were evacuated from areas near the coast. The cyclone prompted India’s biggest evacuation in 23 years with more than 550,000 people moved up from the coastline in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to safer places.
5. Royal Baby
Prince William and Kate Middleton became parents with the birth of their first child on 22 July 2013, when their son Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born at 4.24pm weighing 8lbs 6oz. Prince George of Cambridge is the only grandchild of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. After his grandfather and father, he is third in line to succeed his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The birth took place in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington—the same hospital in which Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, were born to Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1982 and 1984, respectively. While his name was announced two days after his birth, he was from birth a British prince entitled to the style of Royal Highness under letters patent issued by King George V in 1917 and Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. Prince George is the heir to the titles Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus as the eldest son of the current holder.
The 2013 United States general elections were held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. This off-year election featured several special elections to the United States Congress; two gubernatorial races; state legislative elections in a few states; and numerous citizen initiatives, mayoral races, and a variety of other local offices on the ballot. The Democrats picked up the governorship in Virginia as Terry McAuliffe was elected to replace term-limited Republican Bob McDonnell. Meanwhile, Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was re-elected to a second term.
India: Legislative Assembly elections were scheduled for nine legislative assemblies in 2013. The tenure of the assemblies of Karnataka, Delhi, Tripura,Rajasthan, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Madhya Pradesh due to expire during the year while that of Chhattisgarh is to expire on 4 January 2014. Voting in Chhattisgarh was held in two phases on 11 November and 19 November 2013. So far, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has successfully conducted elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland in February and in Karnataka on 5 May. The Elections in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were conducted in December while the counting that took place on 8 December showed a clear majority for BJP in the states of Madya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh, while Congress retained the state of Mizoram and Delhi got a hung assembly, with no single party getting a clear majority. Where AAP will lead us, we are yet to find out.
3. Miley Cyrus
There’s a lot to say about Miley Cyrus’ provocative booty-shaking, twerk-heavy MTV Video Music Awards performance from Sunday night. This was one performance that won’t be forgotten very quickly. This after Cyrus, 20, gave Robin Thicke, 36, a lap dance, paraded around with dancing bears, twerked her butt off and grabbed her crotch a few times. Not to mention the tongue. We saw a lot of that.
2. Pope Francis
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Emphasizing forgiveness over judgment, and acceptance over orthodoxy, the 266th pope is decidedly different from his predecessors. Pope Francis is a big-tent evangelist for the world’s largest Christian denomination, reaching out to the world in the blunt language of the street. Eager to focus less on divisive social issues such as abortion, Francis describes his church as “a field hospital after a battle.”
“It is useless,” he told an interviewer, “to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.” That approach has huge implications for the millions of Catholics who feel that the church long ago turned its back on them.
When a reporter asked about the status of gay priests, Francis did not hesitate. “I have yet to find anyone who has a business card that says he is gay,” he said. “If someone is gay who searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?”
1. Nelson Mandela
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who served 27 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities and led his continent into a new era, died on 5 December 2013 at age 95 after suffering from a prolonged respiratory infection. He died at around 20:50 local time(UTC+2) at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, surrounded by his family. His death was announced on television by President Jacob Zuma. On 6 December 2013, President Zuma announced a national mourning period of ten days, with the main event held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 10 December 2013. He declared Sunday 8 December 2013 a national day of prayer and reflection. Mandela’s body lay in state from 11–13 December at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and a state funeral was held on 15 December 2013 in Qunu, South Africa. Approximately 90 representatives of foreign states travelled to South Africa to attend memorial events.
It’s been a busy year for the over 1 billion users of the social media platform. Many have shared their innermost feelings, to some crazy picture and then some. Facebook released their 2013 trending topics for year in review and it revealed some interesting information. What have been some statuses or trends noted personally? Do share in the comments.