Twitter Reveals Most Talked About Topics Of 2013


Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, Manchester United losing to Real Madrid and New Year’s celebrations were among the big Twitter moments throughout Ireland and the UK in 2013.

But it was the death of two showbiz stars, Cory Monteith and Paul Walker, that pulled in the most retweets globally.

The microblogging service has revealed the most popular subjects of the year and for Irish and UK users it was sporting moments that generated the biggest spikes in Twitter chatter.

United getting dumped out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in March prompted the most tweets per second, while Murray’s historic win over Novak Djokovic is third in the list.

Some 120,000 tweets per minute were sent in the moments after Murray became the first Briton since 1936 to take the prestigious title.

Mumford & Sons’ appearance at Glastonbury and revellers welcoming in 2013 were the only non-sporting events in the UK top 10.

The ‘Golden Tweet’ of 2013 was Lea Michele’s tweet about the death of her boyfriend Monteith.

Her tweet which read “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart” was retweeted the most globally – more than 408,000 times from 133 countries.

A tweet confirming the  death of Fast And Furious star Paul Walker in a car crash was not far behind, with more than 400,000 retweets.

Twitter favourites One Direction, who between them have 25 million followers, were also a constant presence in 2013 and make up the rest of the top five biggest retweets.

Mullingar native Niall Horan’s tweet “Yesss ! I’m 20 ! Wohooo ! No more teens!” was shared more than 300,000 times.

The release of the band’s film, This Is Us, also generated more than 3.6 million related tweets upon release in August.

Other big Twitter topics globally in 2013 included: The election of the new Pope, Miley Cyrus’ infamous twerking performance at the MTV Awards, the birth of Prince George and the end of TV show Breaking Bad.

The stats do not account for the recent death of Nelson Mandela, which would most likely feature as the biggest Twitter moment.

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