#BringBackOurGirls, Ice Bucket Challenge, And More Selfies: The Social Roundup of 2014
Each year the social media waves become flooded with important news and things we wish didn’t make headlines. Here’s a look at look at some of the top stories from 2014 that made us take notice.
Can you think of any that were memorable to you?
Most popular Instagram post
While Kim Kardashian (West) was unable to break the internet with her Paper Magazine cover, she and hubby Kanye West did have the most popular photo on Instagram with over 2.4 million likes. Their multi-million dollar nuptials included private jets to fly their 200 guests between Paris and Florence, fancy hotels and live performances.
Michael Brown & Ferguson
With protests continuing throughout the country for justice, the Michael Brown case sparked a major outcry on social media. Rounding out the top five Facebook stories in the United States for the year, the #Ferguson hashtag generated over 18 million tweets. It has since been a catalyst for other notable hashtags like #ICantBreathe and #BlackLivesMatter that focus on police brutality and racial injustice.
Talk show host and funny gal Ellen DeGeneres was able to shut down Twitter with this unforgettable selfie at the 2014 Academy Awards. Hosting one of the biggest award shows of the year, stars gathered around her camera to shine their pearly whites. The pic received more than two million views during the show with the grand total of viewers falling around 32 million. It has become the most retweeted image.
World Cup sound off
Even if you aren’t a die hard soccer fan, you still knew about the 2014 World Cup that happened over the summer. Whether U.S. goalie Tim Howard wowed you with his ability to stop others from scoring—or his eerie resemblance to Common—there were some very interesting things that occurred. Twitter received its biggest traffic of the year when Germany won the games. More than 618,000 people tweeted their opinions… per minute. It’s estimated the social media site received 617 million tweets related to the World Cup in a month. This year’s World Cup made Facebook history by stirring up the most conversation of an event.
The world stood still in April upon news Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian girls from the town Chibok. Not knowing what could be done—and not wishing to remain silent—millions took to social media. Oby Ezekwisili was influential in creating the #BringBackOurGirls movement that has been the most shared political hashtag of the year.
This year, various parts of western Africa experienced an Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 6,800 lives. Noted as the worst in history, workers and volunteers are still fighting to help those in need. TIME magazine honored fighters as their 2014 Person of the Year. Over four million Tweets focused on the disease—making it one of the top political moments of the year. It was also a highly discussed topic on Facebook.
Ice Bucket Challenge
Were you one of the participants in the Ice Bucket Challenge that helped raise over $220 million for ALS? Celebrities and common folk took to social media and shared over 17 million videos on Facebook.
Needless to say, it was a very successful campaign.
Death of Robin Williams
On August 11, the world lost a comedic icon when Robin Williams died. His death was the highest trending search on Google for the year and the third highest topic on Facebook. You can see him in his final movie, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (in theaters now).
This spring the world scratched their heads as not one, but two Malaysia Airlines flights suddenly disappeared within months of each other.Malaysia Airlines flight 370 in particular had over 200 passengers. A trending discussion on Twitter, it was the fourth largest search on Google this year. Facebook lists it as one of its top 10 discussed topics.
Mutant Giant Spider Dog
Did you watch this prank video of a dog dressed as a huge spider? It was the most watched (non-music) video on YouTube with over 120 million viewers. What would you do if you saw a mutant spider coming your way?