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The Pope, Harlem Shake, royal baby and Miley Cyrus dominated Facebook in 2013

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Tue Dec 10 2013, 11:13
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SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has revealed what topics kept its users gassing in 2013, including Pope Francis, the Harlem Shake, the royal baby and Miley Cyrus.

Facebook's list of things that got its users going over the year will not be news to anyone that uses the service, naturally, but it might be revealing to those who do not frequent its website.

Facebook said that some of the top ten need no introduction. This is the list: 1. Pope Francis, 2. Election, 3. Royal Baby, 4. Typhoon, 5. Margaret Thatcher, 6. Harlem Shake, 7. Miley Cyrus, 8. Boston Marathon, 9. Tour de France, and 10. Nelson Mandela.

"While some of the people or topics featured on this year's global list need no introduction, like Pope Francis, others prompted us to dig a little deeper," said Facebook.

"'Election' appeared in many languages, and was the second most mentioned term on Facebook worldwide in 2013. With high-profile national elections in countries like India, Kenya, Iran and Italy year, it's not a surprise to see it near the top of our list."

We can only imagine what would have happened if the Pope had done the Harlem Shake during a typhoon in honour of the royal baby, on a bike while twerking. In India.

In order to build its lists Facebook looked at what its users were talking about and when. "We looked at which life events and places generated the most posts and check-ins in 2013, and then used the data to create global and country-level rankings," explained the firm.

"We measured how many Facebook posts in 2013 mentioned a specific topic and then ranked those topics based on the overall number of mentions to create each list. Mentions include both the term itself and related hashtags."

Personal events also take up a lot of Facebook users' time, and the most commonly mentioned things that happened to people were that they "added a relationship, got engaged or got married".

Other Facebook worthy events included the important "got a piercing". µ


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