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2013: The Year in Social Media

People are seen dancing the Harlem Shuffle in a still from YouTube's year-end video. The dance went viral in 2013.
People are seen dancing the Harlem Shuffle in a still from YouTube's year-end video. The dance went viral in 2013.

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The advent of social media has made it easier to see what the world cares about, or at least what people are sharing (and in some cases, oversharing) on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.

According to Facebook, the most talked about topics around the world were Pope Francis, “election” (though it’s not clear which election) and the royal baby.

Facebook’s site also allows users to check the most talked about topics in their countries. In the U.S., the top spots went to Super Bowl, government shutdown and the Boston Marathon.

Globally, Disneyland was among the most popular places for Facebook users to check in, with the Calfornia, Hong Kong and Tokyo locations all placing near the top.


2013 - A Year in Review from Facebook Stories on Vimeo.



Microblogging site Twitter also compiled a year-in-review page, listing the most retweeted tweets of the year. The top spot went to Lea Michele, who is a star of the popular television show, Glee. Her tweet was about the death of co-star, Cory Monteith.

The second most popular tweet of the year came from the account of actor Paul Walker, announcing his death in a car accident.

Finally, the number three spot went to Niall Horan of the popular boy band One Direction, whose tweet celebrated his turning 20.

All three were re-tweetd over 300,000 times.

But Twitter says it wasn’t all celebrity tweets that were important in 2013.

“The Boston Police Department used Twitter to spread the word about the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers,” the company wrote. “When the President of Panama found weapons materials in the Panama Canal, he tweeted the news to the world. When a nuclear agreement was brokered with Iran, world leaders shared their reactions on Twitter.”





Video sharing site YouTube also took a look back at 2013 with, of course, a video that has already been viewed over 70 million times. It will test your knowledge of 2013's viral videos.





Social blogging site Tumblr, which boasts hosting over 163 million blogs also recapped 2013.

The company has compiled a huge list of “top” categories, but the top news events were the Super Bowl blackout, the meteor over Russia and Pope Francis.

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