#BlackLivesMatter, #PokemonGo, and #2016Election Lead the Year on Twitter
There was plenty of vitriol spewed on the platform, but there was also plenty of love.
What spreads on Twitter is a good barometer of the world’s obsessions. Of course, these obsessions tend to get overcooked and blown out of proportion on the platform, but they nevertheless tell us what captures our attention.
Throughout 2016, people talked about celebrity deaths and augmented reality, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Conversations revolved around dueling visions of politics and soccer rivalries. There was plenty of vitriol spewed on the platform, but there was also plenty of love.
"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
Here’s a look back at the top Twitter conversations of 2016 and what Global Citizen had to say on each topic.
10) “Game of Thrones”
For a series with such a devoted audience, “Game of Thrones” has no problem dashing expectations and killing off favorite characters. Most of these tweets were probably drafted with outrage.
The world lost Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, and many more stars in 2016. People all around the world came together to mourn and share their memories.
Basically nobody expected Trump to become president. Then he did.
7) Black Lives Matter
For the past two years, the simple plea of “Black Lives Matter” has been perhaps the most prominent and divisive political issue in the US and around the world.
Nobody expected Brexit to happen. Then it did.
The 2016 Oscars faced enormous backlash (#OscarsSoWhite) and triggered important discussions when the nominations for best performances failed to feature a single actor of color.
4) Euro 2016
Portugal pulled off the upset victory in the 2016 Euro Cup. They snapped a long losing streak to France even without their star player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Pokemon Go caused hysteria for a few weeks. Then it faded.
2) Election 2016
Surprisingly, this wasn’t the top conversation, even though it seemed like it was the only thing happening for months at a time.
1. Rio 2016
People love sports. Especially when the drama on the field is multiplied by a frightening disease, a failing government, and widespread social unrest as we saw in Brazil. But the Olympics continue to be a place where Global Citizens of all kinds come together for the pleasure of sport. And everyone was pleasantly surprised that the Olympics turned out to be a big success.
Bonus Twitter Trend: In India, one of the top talkers on Twitter was our very own Global Citizen India festival. The event, which took place in late November, featured Coldplay, Jay Z, A.R. Rahman, and many more artists, who were there to celebrate the achievements of the 80,000 Global Citizens in attendance who took action to earn their spot at the show.