When we look back now, we realize that the year 2016 has been mixed bag of highs and lows, good and bad, in all it was one eventful year. Twitter has shared some statistics that look back on the most popular memories and trends on the social media platform in 2016. However, from what the trends show, 2016 was a special year for Indians to join the global conversations on Twitter. Also Read - Twitter Voice Tweets rolling out for iOS: What are they, how to sendAlso Read - World Emoji Day 2021: Twitter reveals 10 most used emojis in 2021 in India
Since yesterday, on its official handle, under the hashtag #ThisHappened, Twitter has been reflecting on the biggest trends that defined 2016. Additionally, it also launched the hashtag on the social media platform asking people to share the biggest moments and memories of 2016. And now, the social media platform has shared some of India s trending moments on Twitter. Also Read - Top Tech News today: Realme Watch 2 Pro launch date, Vivo Y72 launched in India, WhatsApp multi-device feature
Quite unsurprisingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi s demonetization reform, has been seen as the most influential moment of the year. The move impacted the majority of Indians and Twitter continues to resonate with their opinions and debates over the currency ban. The platform recorded 650,000 Tweets in 24 hours following the announcement and millions more Tweets in the following weeks.
Delhi s rising pollution problem, the debut of Global Citizen Festival in India, and the Bollywood glam at the Filmfare Awards, were some other Indian events that made a global mark. ALSO READ: From Elections 2016 to Manequin challenge: Twitter shares the trends that made the biggest buzz in 2016
Meanwhile, a million Indian voices joined the Twitter community during some remarkable moment of the year. Twitter felt the presence of Indians when India s women athletes broke new ground at the Rio 2016 Olympics, cricketers Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni achieved milestone successes at the international #WT20 tournament. On March 19th, #INDvPAK trended all day on Twitter in India and globally, and more than 1.1 million Tweets were recorded, making it the most Tweeted T20 International match ever, beating the earlier record of the recent Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan where more than 670,000 Tweets were sent. And with 973,000 Tweets recorded during the match, #INDvsAUS was the second most Tweeted match during #WT20.
Besides the sports, Twitter saw global cultural celebrations on Twitter for Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi and the International Day of Yoga. The customised asana emoji was a delight for people celebrating the day, and the platform lit up with invigorating photos and videos from the yoga community, from as remote as the Siachen glacier!
Additionally, Twitter gives full credits to PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik , and Dipa Karmakar, India s women athletes that won a million hearts during the Olympics, and made the #Rio2016 a top hashtag trend of the year on Twitter. Their medal victories and near-misses inspired women everywhere, and showcased a spirit of unwavering determination and grit. During Olympics, we also saw the people of the country stand for our athletes at the Olympics 2016, against skeptics like Piers Morgan and Shobhaa De. ALSO READ: Tweet an emoji to Google to get localized search results; here s how it works
Though the famous Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli Twitter moment may be fading from your memory, but Twitter recalls it as the most retweeted tweet of 2016. In case you don t remember Virat Kohli had tweeted in support of Anushka Sharma, after their breakup, encouraging his fans and critics, who attributed his outstanding performance in the ICC #WT20 to their break-up, to focus instead on empathy and community building.
Other than these hashtags trends like #surgicalstrike, #JNU, #IndiavsBan and #MakeInIndia also made it to the top trends.
Twitter also revealed the most followed Twitter accounts in India in 2016. Prime Minister Narendra has emerged as the most followed Twitter account in India, with 25.2 million followers, who is followed in popularity by Amitabh Bachchan with 23.8 million followers and Shah Rukh Khan with 22.4 million followers.