Social networking giant Twitter released a YearOnTwitter report, which apart from the world also tracks the most powerful trends in India in 2016. According to the trends, it is evident that Indians together celebrated, protested, supported and mourned at crucial moments in a year which will surely be a defining one in the history of India and the world. As the iconic landmarks were crossed by Indians, Twitter was a witness to that. While the demonetisation move polarised people with opinions, the Rio Olympics brought them together, especially to celebrate the Women champions this year. Meanwhile, according to the report, Virat Kohli’s tweet was the one which was retweeted for the highest number of times. Kohli’s tweet, “Shame on people for trolling @AnushkaSharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has only given me positivity,” was retweeted over 39 thousand times and liked by more than 1 lakh users.
When it comes to the trends in hashtags, the words which garnered the most response were, #Rio2016, #IndvsPak, #WT20, #IndvsAus, #MakeInIndia, #IndvsWI, #IndvsBan, #PVSindhu, #surgicalstrike and #JNU. Meanwhile, the biggest moment on Twitter for 2016 was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation scheme announcement following which Twitter recorded 6.5 lakh tweets in a single day. Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi was the most followed account, with 24.6 million followers, while he was followed by Hindi film industry superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan at 23. 4 million and 22.1 million followers respectively.
When it comes to the world, Rio2016 garnered the highest number of tweets as it was a globally popular topic of discussion. It was then followed by Election2016, as undoubtedly the US Presidential elections 2016 will go down in history as one of the most controversial elections in the history of the democratic world. Augmented Reality game Pokemon Go came in third as again it brought something new to the masses and people were seen to be too engrossed in the game even while walking down the road. Oscars, Euro2016, Trump, BlackLivesMatter and Brexit were also big events or issues which got the popular vote of the Twitterati.
Elrubius, a gamer from Spain got the vote for the most popular tweet, as his word ‘Limonada’ which means lemonade was retweeted for 1.3 million times. It was followed by a Harry Styles tweet quoting a Taylor Swift song and third came Hillary Clinton’s tweet after the elections where she encouraged young girls to seize opportunities. They were retweeted for 7 lakh and 6.3 lakh times respectively.