2016 has been quite an eventful year. From the Rio Olympics, social movements against racism, to US Elections and Mannequin challenges, the year has seen it all. There was drama, there was protest, there were debates and more, and every time, there was a lot of social media hustle. And to look back at the trends and events that got us obsessed with social media, Twitter has shared the highlights of the year 2016. Also Read - RIP Fleets! Twitter officially shuts disappearing tweets feature
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Under the hashtag #ThisHappened, Twitter reflected on the moments and memories that defined 2016, and it also launched the hashtag on the social media platform asking people to share the biggest moments and memories of 2016.
Twitter has shared a list of the top-ten trends on the platform in the entire year, and #Rio2016 has been the biggest trend of the year. Under the trend, tweets by Usain Bolt congratulating Neymar Jr, and US gymnast Simone Biles’ tweet about Zac Effron’s surprise visit to her at the Olympics village, became the most popular. The second most popular trend was #Election2016. And Hillary Clinton burning Donald Trump with her ‘Delete your account’ tweet, became one of the most remarkable tweets under the trend.
Though Pokémon GO craze has begun to fade, back in the year when it was first launched, the augmented reality game was all people could talk about. And even while we evidently see the app phasing out, #PokemonGo was still the third-most popular trend of the year. And the #Euro2016 became the next most popular trend. While you may not be immediately able to think of #Oscars as the most popular trend of the year, but after fans literally begging for Leonardo Di Caprio to be awarded this year, he finally jumped the queue of nomination this year to win the Oscars. And that epic moment from Oscars when Joe Biden gave Chris Rock $20 for cookies.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) February 29, 2016
#Brexit was another big event of the year, which also made it big on Twitter. And of course, now the US President, with all his controversies and amusing comments during his campaign, made Donald Trump the eighth most popular trend of the year. With the ninth season of the TV Show released, and the ultimate mystery of Jon Snow’s life and death revealed, #GameofThrones also made it to the top Twitter trend of the year.
— Jon Snow (@LordSnow) May 23, 2016
Besides all the entertainment and political trends, an imperative social movement, #BlackLivesMatter, also saw a lot of popularity on the social media platform. Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people. Although the movement began in 2013, after George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the trend saw special attention this year.
— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) July 10, 2016
And, along with all the big movements and some drastic decision making done this year, 2016 also saw the death of many celebrities and famous figures. #RIP sadly made to the top trends of the year as well. Just last night Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday. While she was officially declared dead at 11:30 PM last night, late last evening some media publications already started sending in reports of her death. And with the rumor of her death trends like #RIPAmma, #AmmaForever and #JJayalalithaa made it to the top. Other than her, Prince, Mohammed Ali and David Bowie were some other famous personalities that parted ways with the world this year.
I will always cherish the innumerable occasions when I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaa ji. May her soul rest in peace. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 5, 2016
Apart from this top trends, some of the most famous trends of the year have been the #ManequinChallenge, which was also developed into #DogManequinChallenge. #SogoneChallenge was another big one where celebrities and almost everyone else were seen rapping random verses to an old-school R&B beat. The challenge dares people to freestyle their own verse over the instrumental version of Monica’s 2003 hit “So Gone.” The challenge went viral once Chance the Rapper spit an ode to his girlfriend. And if someone remembers, #CerealChallenge was another crazy trend of the year.
Additionally, Twitter also shared three most popular tweets of the year. Who knew that a gamer in Spain could turn lemons into the top Retweet of 2016? The gamers’ tweet, which just read “LIMONADA” was retweeted over one million times.
— elrubius (@Rubiu5) August 20, 2016
Then Harry Styles quoting Taylor Swift’s song to celebrate his 22nd birthday resulting in the second most retweeted Tweet, with over seven lakh retweets.
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22.
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) February 1, 2016
And a day after the US Election results, Hillary Clinton conceded the elections but reminded young women never to give up on their dreams.
“To all the little girls watching…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016