Facebook reveals their 2012 trend report

A new feature on Facebook allows users to share their highlights from 2012 on their timeline, and take a look at the most talked about topics this past year.

It’s that time of year again. Nope, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about that time of year where everyone gets really nostalgic out of nowhere. Remember those apps that were kind of spammy, but fun anyway because it took a bunch of your pictures from an entire year and put together your “best moments” from that year? Well, a new featured popped up on Facebook today in which users can share their highlights from 2012 with their friends and family on their timeline. These highlights aren’t just pictures though. They’re also your most commented/liked statuses, conversations, and events.

Facebook also went ahead and put together their top trends from 2012. What you learn might actually surprise you. I’ll let you guys take a look at my idea of the more interesting categories:

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Other categories included SportsCheck-Ins, Technology and Public Figures. What interested my most about that last one was that One Direction was the third most talked about public figure(s) of 2012, behind only Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Also, Honey Boo Boo was a more interesting public figure than Paul Ryan. But we already knew that.

There are some things that I am pleasantly surprised by. For one, I’m so glad that YOLO wasn’t the most used meme of 2012. How annoying is YOLO? We should totally just stab Drake for starting YOLO. (EDIT: This is a Mean Girls reference. I don’t actually want to stab Drake). I’m also really, really happy that Fun.’s song We Are Young was the most listened to song of 2012. I was really worried it would be Carly Rae Jepsen’s song Call Me Maybe in which case we would have all had to stab Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun for bringing that song into our lives. (EDIT: Bieber has had enough death threats lately. Let’s not actually stab him, folks). What I can’t believe is that Duck Dynasty was the most trended tv show of 2012. How? Even above Honey Boo Boo? Where has all of this discussion been happening, because aside from the snide remarks I’ve heard in real life, I have seen no internet speak of that disaster. And what is up with our sudden obsession with the redneck culture? Also, why is Twilight even in the top 10 books of 2012? Why are people still reading Twilight? Let it die already.

Apparently this Facebook Stories feature has been happening for a few months now. They’ve discussed virality (how to become viral) and some other topics as well like the United States election. I have heard nothing of this Facebook Stories nonsense until today. So, either they just released it, or they only released it prior to this to a small group of people. I know I haven’t been living under a rock!!

So what made up your highlight reel for 2012? Let us know in the comments below. (Ohhhhhhhh shit, I just laid down a heavy rhyme for you all just then.)

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