Facebook trends flash in-and-out of our lives so quickly that it’s almost impossible to remember them all, but Facebook itself never forgets. The popular social-media platform shared a list, and a few videos, this morning- highlighting the most talked about global topics of the year.
Facebook is calling the list “Facebook’s 2016 Year in Review,” and while some of 2016 was filled with goofy mom’s in Chewbacca masks, most of the year was pretty terrible and depressing.
Here is the list:
- US Presidential Election
- Brazilian Politics
- Pokemon Go
- Black Lives Matter
- Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential Election
- Super Bowl
- David Bowie
- Muhammad Ali
Facebook LIVE launched in 2016, so for the very first time the company also shared the list of the top ten global Live videos. These were a little more upbeat, proving that most users get depressing news, but more often than not, uplifting creative content that is designed to be shared. You can click on any link below if you need a refresher on the video, it will take you to the appropriate Facebook page.
- Candace Payne, Chewbacca Mom
- Ted Yoder, Soundscapes
- Buzzfeed, Countdown to the next presidential election
- Atlanta Buzz, People are lining up to hug police officers in Dallas
- NBC News, Election results
- Under the Hood, Video of a truck completely carved out of wood
- Viral Thread, Population count from US to CA
- CNN, Election results on Empire State building
- Dena Blizzard, Pokemon Go for moms “Chardonnay Go”
- Super Deluxe, Election map
According to Facebook, the top 10 moments of this year’s “Year in Review” were measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts made between January 1 and November 27, 2016.
To put this list together, mentions were analyzed in an aggregated, anonymized way and then ranked to create a snapshot of the year on Facebook. The top 10 Live videos were measured by total cumulative views.
There is also a “Your Year in Review.” This month, many people will also see a personalized video in their News Feed of their meaningful moments from 2016 that they can edit and share with family and friends. They can also access their video by visiting facebook.com/yearinreview2016.
This feature is usually even more depressing. In the past, users have learned that Facebook’s algorithms haven’t figured out how to determine if popular posts were joyful, or terrible. This may improve in the future with the “reaction emojis” that are available for users to click, but just be warned that your “Year in Review” could be filled with break-up posts, deaths in the family, lost pets, previous pets, sick parents or lost jobs. Happy New Year!