, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 29 – As 2015 comes to an end, Twitter has unveiled what mattered most to people across the world based on conversations held—most popular retweets and hashtags.
The #ParisAttacks hashtag for instance gained popularity as the world came together in support of France following terror attacks in November.
“As the horrific attacks in Paris unfolded in November, the world united to support people in the city of light using the hash tag #PrayforParis,” Twitter wrote on its website.
Another popular hash tag this year was #BlackLivesMatter which was tweeted over nine million times following individual incidences that saw black citizens die under the brutality of security forces in the US.
According to the blog post, the hash tags now serve as a unifying message for communities affirming the value of Black Life.
National elections around the world also took centre stage on Twitter especially those of Argentina, Canada and India among others.
“This year, conversations around major national elections rocked Twitter as citizens converged on voting booths and ballots in Argentina, Canada, Singapore, India and the UK.”
Sporting events such as Women’s Football World Cup also took centre stage on Twitter. According to the blog post, the #FIFAWWC hash tag was viewed 9 billion times across the world from June 6 to July 5 this year, making the tournament one of the largest global sporting events of the year.
NASA’s three billion mile journey to fly by Pluto on the other hand brought the world together to marvel on the historical moment.
“Twitter did not exist when @NasaNewHorizons left Earth in 2006, but it’s where the whole world came to marvel over the historic #Plutoflyby. Buzz around the spacecraft, which came within 7750 miles of Pluto’s surface, and the close up images it captured, generated more than one million tweets on July 14.”
Other popular hash tags this year include the #The Dress which started a global debate on the colour of a photo of a dress as seen in different light went viral and Caitlyn Jenner’s entry into Twitter which broke records having amassed one million followers in just four hours.
Away from Twitter Hash tags, Apalon, an international Mobile developer released a list of the most popular emojis globally.
The face with tears of joy emoji was the most popular followed by smiling face with heart-shaped eyes and the thump up sign.
The fourth most popular emoji was the face with stuck out tongue followed by the winking eye emoji.
Next is the clapping hands emoji followed by the grinning face emoji.
Face throwing a kiss came in seventh followed by the Kiss Mark.
Smiling face with open mouth took the nineth place with Pensive Face taking tenth place.