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Facebook Year in Review 'Most Talked About Topics' Topped by Pope

By Michael Mullins   |   Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 09:28 AM

Facebook's Year in Review, a collection of the most shared and discussed topics on the social media website, was released on Monday and topping the list is Pope Francis.

The list of "Most Talked About Topics" from around the world on Facebook leads with Pope Francis, whose Papacy began in March, followed by the use of the word "election," then royal baby, typhoon, and Harlem Shake – the 30-second viral dance craze that involves a group of people convulsing to a Latin-techno beat.

The Boston Marathon, Miley Cyrus, and Nelson Mandela also made the list.

In its 2013 year in review, Facebook also compiled lists of the "Top Global Life Events," and "Top Check-Ins Around The World," which showcased the "most popular destinations people checked into this year."

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Among the most visited locations were London's O2 Arena, Venice's Piazza San Marco, and Tokyo Disneyland. Relationship announcement, such as getting engaged or getting married postings, were No. 1 on Facebook's "Top Global Life Events" list, followed by traveling and moving announcements.

Facebook also localized its lists to show what topics trended most in what countries. In the United States members discussed the Super Bowl more than any other topic, followed by the government shutdown, and the Boston Marathon. George Zimmerman also made the list at No. 7.

In Canada, the Maple Leafs, Harlem Shake, and Miley Cyrus Tweak were the top three on the list, while in the United Kingdom, Scottish tennis player Andy Murray, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and the UEFA Championships League Final topped the list for 2013.

Additionally, the social media website, for the second year in a row, offered its end of the year feature that allows individual users to view what their most significant posts were over the past 12 months. The selection was made by an algorithm employed Facebook, the details of which were not reported. The 20 top user posts are compiled in a feed that can be accessed via a pop up box on the user's homepage below their profile picture.

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