2015 was a big year in the world of digital, with President Obama sending his first tweet and Cilla Black being the top UK Google search of the year. A lot happened online, so we take a look back at some of the top moments.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The President…
The POTUS himself joined the land of Twitter in 2015. We’re glad they gave you your own account, Sir. More pics of Bo please!
Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.
— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
At the start of 2015, a major debate erupted over all social media platforms and it was near impossible to avoid. What colour is the dress?! It all started with a woman in Lancashire buying a dress and sending a photo of it to her daughter. They saw it as different colours and soon it was all over the internet with 26 million hits overnight. Even celebrities were tweeting about it. In the end, it turned out to be blue and black… apparantly.
What color is that dress? I see white & gold. Kanye sees black & blue, who is color blind?
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 27, 2015
white and gold
— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) February 27, 2015
Hold on…. So people actually see white and gold….??!! ?? — Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 27, 2015
2015 was the year same-sex marriage was legalised in all fifty states in the US as well as Ireland. The hashtag received 2.3 million tweets in less than a day. It was also the year that we got to meet Caitlyn Jenner, who broke the Guinness World Record for quickest user to gain one million followers (in just four hours!). Safe to say this was a great year for recognition of the LGBT community.
One of the internet’s best qualities has been the evolution of memes. You could spend hours online laughing at different variations of one simple video. One of the top tracks of the year, Drake’s Hotline Bling, is one example of a serious piece of work that was subjected to (perhaps) the most memes of the year. Here are our favourites.
Word of the Year
For the first time in history, the Oxford Dictionary word of the year was not a word, it was an emoji. Incase you didn’t know, an emoji is a small digital image which has grown exponentially in popularity over the past year. The top emoji was the ‘Face with tears of joy’ which accounted for 20% of all emojis used in the UK. Hence why it was chosen as the word of the year. Other contenders also came from trends online such as ‘on fleek’ and ‘lumbersexual’.
Now we have entered 2016 and we hope to be as thoroughly entertained by the web as we have been in 2015.