Top trends on Twitter for 2015

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The Paris attacks in January and November were among the key news events shared on Twitter this year, the social network said in a roundup Monday of 2015 trends.

The hashtags #PrayforParis and #JeSuisCharlie were among the top 10 news trends cited by Twitter for 2015, referring to the deadly November 13 rampage in the French capital and the killings at the Charlie Hebdo magazine on January 7.

Meanwhile, the #BlackLivesMatter message came to represent a social movement, becoming a rallying cry for social justice after killings by police of blacks in cities including Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland.

But the most-retweeted single message was about the British pop band One Direction. Band member Harry Styles’ message of gratitude to fans following news of the departure of Zayn Malik was retweeted 726,000 times, and liked by 744,000.

US President Barack Obama’s tweet following the Supreme Court’s affirmation of gay marriage, using the #LoveWins hashtag, was another widely-viewed message, retweeted some 448,000 times.

And Saudi King Salman’s message of prayer and support to his people shortly after inheriting power was retweeted 368,000 times.

Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic athlete who changed gender to become a woman, had her message of introduction retweeted 259,000 times. Jenner set a new record, becoming the fastest person to each one million Twitter followers — in just over four hours.

The most used news hashtags were #jobs, #Quran and #ISIS while the top technology themes were #iPad, #SoundCloud and #Android.

The stars most talked about on Twitter were American singer Ariana Grande, Argentine singer Oriana Sabatini and Mexican actress-singer Dulce Maria.

“As always, the world united this year in moments of triumph, activism, support, and fascination, and Twitter is where we gathered for all of it,” Twitter’s Alexandra Valasek said in a blog post.

“Whether people were making a hashtag into a global movement or expressing wonder over the color of a dress, we all used Twitter this year in awe-inspiring ways.”

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  • Sk

    ICC schedule for what!!! Lock Uhuru and Ruto now

    • Jannadas

      A true assement of the reality.

    • legacy99

      SK u just buy a rope to hung your self with cause u will end up being very frustrated person

  • Gracej6692

    @d50e1df662709db105d1e0cf76f19ae8:disqus  that shows how stupid u r.Why all the hatred,mind u,these guys will be ur president and vice-president whether u like or not.For a change to come,something big has to happen,HAGUE.

    • SK

      Grace , the two are a DIS-GRACE TO KENYAN, OCAMPO WILL LOCK THEM UP. MAYBE THEY WILL BE UR AT THE JAIL

      • maonimaoni

        International criminals can only lead this country through the mercy of some their idiot tribe’s men.

      • legacy99

         and your life will be good u wont be frustrated again

  • Karisasi

    Persons accused of Kiambaa and Naivasha massacre are one away step from being convicted therefore they are not qualified to lead this country.
    Kenya will never be a peaceful country if ICC fails to lock them up.
    Poor stupid kenyans who attend prayer rallies.
    Sometimes I wonder how Kenya will move forward if we have one of the accused as president.Someone who is a almost a criminal,tribalist,corrupt and a non-beliver of the new constitution.
    Ewe Mungu tusaidie!!.

  • Yahala

    May God curse the two accused of crimes against humanity!.

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