Sammy Nickalls
December 07, 2015 12:06 pm

Can you believe 2015 is almost over? Neither can we. It has certainly been a whirlwind of a year and thanks to a fresh release from Twitter, we’re getting a front row reminder of how jam-packed this year seriously was. Twitter just published its annual year-end review, which includes the most influential and retweeted tweets, new famous people who joined the social media site, and top trends of the year. It’s a lot, no lies.

The list includes celebrations of this year’s major societal wins, like #HomeToVote — the hashtag that gained massive popularity in May when Irish expats returned home to vote in the gay marriage referendum — and #LoveWins, which celebrated the SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States. There were also hashtags that symbolized solidarity; #IStandWithAhmed supported 14-year-old Ahmed Mohammed when he was profiled after bringing in a handmade digital clock, while #JeSuisCharlie and #PrayForParis served as important ways for people to use technology to help and support French citizens in the tragic aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris.

Another major movement highlighted on the list: #BlackLivesMatter, which Twitter describes as, “one of the most powerful social movements in 2015.” It has been tweeted over 9 million times this year so far and has been used “as a unifying message” surrounding Ferguson, Charleston, the Baltimore protests, and other incidents involving incidents of police brutality.

There were, of course, totally silly moments on Twitter as well. Remember #TheDress, when a blue-and-black (though I still say it’s white-and-gold) dress tore the Internet in two? Oh, and the top-used emoji also happened to be Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year: the “face with tears of joy” emoji, which just goes to say that even though there were a lot of somber times of struggle and heartbreak this year, we also laughed a lot, too.

When it comes to most retweeted tweets, five out of 10 — yes, half — came from members of One Direction. That’s one truly dedicated fan base, we gotta say. The top retweeted tweet came from Harry Styles after the news broke that Zayn was leaving the group (sad face).

After that came Zayn, then Liam, then president Barack Obama, then Louis. So, you know, we’ve all collectively got our priorities super straight. Twitter also highlighted Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy’s last tweet before his passing — the ninth most retweeted tweet this year.

Caitlyn Jenner was highlighted twice, once in the top retweeted tweets (her introductory tweet coming in 10th place) and also in most influential user due to the fact that her new Twitter account became the fastest to reach one million followers in just over four hours. Check out Twitter’s full year in review here. One thing’s for sure: It’s been one hell of a year.

  Related reading:  Twitter Moments is here — and it’s totally changing your feed for the better  

(Image via Twitter.)

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