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Facebook's Top Trends of 2012

What were we looking for on Facebook in 2012?

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Facebook is the largest and most popular social networking site on the Web with millions of users all over the world. We use Facebook primarily to connect with friends and family, however, it's quickly becoming the primary place many of us find the content that is important to us. Facebook released a list of their top trends of 2012, giving us a look at the top searches, memes, and news that became popular over the past year.

U.S. Trends

Top Facebook Memes

  1. TBH (to be honest)
  2. YOLO (you only live once)
  3. KONY
  4. One-word Comment
  5. Gangnam Style
  6. Cinnamon Challenge
  7. Cray
  8. SMH (shake my head)
  9. Big Bird
  10. Linsanity

Most Talked About Events

  1. US Presidential Election
  2. Superbowl XLVI
  3. Death of Whitney Houston
  4. Superstorm Sandy
  5. London 2012 Olympics
  6. Death of Trayvon Martin
  7. Facebook IPO
  8. Aurora Shootings
  9. Death of Dick Clark
  10. Obama's Endorsement of Gay Marriage

Most Listened To Songs

  1. We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) - Fun
  2. Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye
  3. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  4. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
  5. Payphone – Maroon 5
  6. Mercy – Kanye West
  7. Some Nights - Fun
  8. Home – Phillip Phillips
  9. Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
  10. Take Care (feat. Rihanna) – Drake

Top Movies

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. The Avengers
  3. Magic Mike
  4. The Vow
  5. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  6. 21 Jump Street
  7. The Dark Knight Rises
  8. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  9. Skyfall
  10. Prometheus

Most Read Books

  1. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) - Suzanne Collins
  2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) - Suzanne Collins
  3. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) - Suzanne Collins
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) -E.L. James
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) - J.K. Rowling
  6. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
  7. Twilight (Twilight, #1) - Stephenie Meyer
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  9. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

Top Political Trends

  1. Barack Obama
  2. Mitt Romney
  3. Voted
  4. Four More Years
  5. Paul Ryan
  6. Rick Santorum
  7. Gay Marriage
  8. Obamacare
  9. The Polls
  10. DNC

Canada Trends

Most Talked About

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. The Avengers
  3. The Walking Dead
  4. The Death of Whitney Houston
  5. Mitt Romney
  6. Kony 2012
  7. London 2012 Olympics
  8. Magic Mike
  9. Gangnam Style
  10. Fifty Shades of Grey

Songs

  1. Nothing But The Beat - David Guetta
  2. What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
  3. Summer Paradise - Simple Plan
  4. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) - Gotye
  5. Bangarang (feat. Sirah) - Skrillex
  6. Whistle - Flo Rida
  7. Payphone - Maroon 5
  8. Rolling In The Deep - Adele
  9. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
  10. Where Them Girls At (feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida) - David Guetta

Check-ins

  1. Centre Bell
  2. Rogers Centre
  3. Canada's Wonderland
  4. Niagara Falls
  5. Air Canada Centre
  6. Rogers Arena
  7. West Edmonton Mall
  8. Scotia Bank Saddledome
  9. Great Wolf Lodge
  10. BC Place

Australia Trends

Most Talked About

  1. One Direction
  2. 2. Big Brother
  3. The Voice
  4. London 2012 Olympics
  5. The Hunger Games
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey
  7. Sydney Swans
  8. The Avengers
  9. Gangnam Style
  10. Kony 2012

Songs

  1. Skinny Love - Bon Iver
  2. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
  3. Payphone - Maroon 5
  4. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) - Gotye
  5. We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) - Fun
  6. Whistle - Flo Rida
  7. Some Nights - Fun
  8. One More Night - Maroon 5
  9. Starships - Nicki Minaj
  10. Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men

Check-ins

  1. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  2. Darling Harbour
  3. ANZ Stadium
  4. Rod Laver Arena
  5. Bondi Beach
  6. Sydney Opera House
  7. Chadstone Shopping Centre
  8. Star City Casino
  9. Suncorp Stadium
  10. Crown Casino Melbourne

UK Trends

Most Talked About

  1. London 2012 Olympics
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey
  3. Rylan Clark
  4. Death of Whitney Houston
  5. The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
  6. One Direction
  7. The Avengers
  8. Goodbye Blue
  9. YOLO (You Only Live Once)
  10. Usain Bolt

Songs

  1. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye
  2. We Are Young - feat. Janelle Monáe - Fun
  3. We Found Love - Rihanna
  4. Titanium - feat. Sia - David Guetta
  5. Too Close - Alex Clare
  6. The A Team - Ed Sheeran
  7. Wild Ones - feat. Sia - Flo Rida
  8. Whistle - Flo Rida
  9. Domino - Jessie J
  10. Drive By - Train

Check-ins

  1. Alton Towers
  2. Thorpe Park Official
  3. The Trafford Centre
  4. Hyde Park
  5. Leicester Square
  6. Covent garden
  7. The O2
  8. Buckingham Palace
  9. Westfield Stratford City
  10. Olympic Village

You can find even more worldwide Facebook trends at the Facebook 2012 Stories page, a collection of trends, searches, and content that became the most popular over the past year. For more about Facebook, I invite you to read the following resources:

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