Twitter released the 10 most popular tweets from 2015 last month and it pretty much summed up what we already knew: One Direction (+ and – Zayn) can launch cyberspace into overdrive, pretty much everyone has a crush on Obama and Kanye West is, well, Kanye West.
Once we looked into the fine print, we started to question the fairness of the Top 10; only verified users were eligible and only one tweet per user could be counted (probably because Harry Styles would have taken home the crown without bursting a sweat across is Godlike brow).
We got talking and thought about the most popular hashtags of 2015 and how there was a little more virality behind them. So here are some of the most popular 2015 hashtags for you to reflect on:
The tragic terror attacks in Paris left a nation bereft, while the world looked on in despair. Twitter allowed users from all over the globe to connect using a variety of hashtags such as #JeSuisCharlie, #PrayForParis and #CharlieHebdo. The network also seen a shift in use when Parisians started to use the hashtag #porteouverte, “open door”, to offer shelter to those who were stranded in the streets during the attacks.
Hi guys. If you need a shelter near République, pm me. #porteouverte Plus, we have beers.
— Savate (@Savate_) November 13, 2015
In September, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed from Texas was arrested and taken to juvenile detention after teachers confused a homemade electronic clock he had brought to school for a bomb. The hashtag developed when people felt as though the teenager was treated unfairly due to his name, race and religion. The hashtag generated a huge amount of traction; with offers from Obama to visit the White House, a personal post and invite to visit Mark Zuckerberg and an invitation to Google’s Science fair, an internship from Twitter AND Reddit and numerous invitations from Astronaut’s and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab aerospace experts to hang out!
— ÞƖƝƘ (@LaAngel_) September 16, 2015
When Caitlyn Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair in June 2015, embracing her new name and identity, she also launched her new Twitter account. She managed to gain 1 million followers in just over four hours, breaking the previous record held by Barack Obama. With just 101 published tweets, the spokesperson for the LGBT community has reached over 3.58m followers to date.
I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 1, 2015
In July, it was confirmed that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft had successfully completed a flyby of Pluto, culminating a 9 ½ year journey from Earth which spanned over 4.8 billion kilometres. Yes, you read that right, 4.8 BILLION KILOMETRES!
— NASA New Horizons (@NASANewHorizons) July 15, 2015
In June 2015, the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality, overturning bans of same-sex marriage in 13 states. Shortly after the U.S ruling on same-sex union, topics relating to the revelation began to trend on Twitter, with the preferred hashtag #LoveWins reaching 6.2 million tweets within 6 hours. President Obama posted his views on the topic, expressing his pride in being part of the march towards equality, a post which received over 445,000 retweets.
Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015
It’s safe to say that 2015 was a pretty big year for Twitter, from Bake Offs and Bad Haircuts to a push towards equality and global mourning. We’re pretty sure there was a selfie/book/sub-par clothing line or two from the Kardashian/Jenner clan thrown in there too but we don’t have time to filter through them all to find the pits and the peaks.