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The most talked about things on Facebook in 2013

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The most talked about things on Facebook in 2013


2012 was all about One Direction, Big Brother, The Voice, The Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Grey and Gangnam Style. But in 2013, Big Brother was the only highly buzzed about TV show remaining at the top of the Australia conscience, just squeezing in at number 10, while the federal election took all the attention.

Facebook has released lists of the most ‘buzzed about’ topics from 2013 from Australia and around the world and it seems the election, sport and the royal family dominated the top 10 most talked about terms by Aussies on Facebook in 2013.

Five of the top 10 issues biggest issues discussed on Facebook this year were politically related with the word ‘vote’ topping the list overall. During the election campaign, there were over 12 million election-related mentions during campaign and over one million posts on Facebook on election day relating to voting.

On election day itself, the term ‘vote’ started trending at 7am, just before polls opened, and spiked at 10am during the day, and again at 10pm with over 60,000 at that time, as Tony Abbott delivered his victory speech.

Sport continues to be a favourite topic amongst Australians with the cricket, the grand finals and the Lions all making the list. Last year, only the Olympics and the Swans winning the AFL Grand Final made the cut.

The birth of the royal baby and Princess Kate were the second most buzzed about terms by Australians on Facebook. The arrival of Prince George saw over 19 million related mentions on Facebook and Australia was the fifth country discussing it, after Great Britain, the US, Canada and Italy.

Check out the rest of the lists here:

Global top 10 topics

  1. Pope Francis
  2. Election
  3. Royal Baby
  4. Typhoon
  5. Margaret Thatcher
  6. Harlem Shake
  7. Miley Cyrus
  8. Boston Marathon
  9. Tour de France
  10. Nelson Mandela


Top 10 Australian topics

  1. Vote
  2. Princess Kate
  3. Cricket
  4. Kevin Rudd
  5. Grand final
  6. Election
  7. GST
  8. Lions
  9. Tony Abbott
  10. Big Brother


Australians’ major life events

  1. Added a relationship, got engaged or got married
  2. Travelled
  3. Moved
  4. Ended a relationship
  5. Added a family member, had a baby, expecting a baby
  6. First met
  7. Got a pet
  8. Lost a loved one
  9. Got a piercing
  10. Quit a habit
  11. Listed themselves as an organ donor
  12. Bought a car
  13. Got a new hobby
  14. Achieved something new
  15. Retired


Global check-ins

  1. Disneyland
  2. Siam Paragon
  3. Times Square NYC
  4. Central Plaza Ladphrao
  5. Disney California Adventure
  6. CentralWorld
  7. The O2
  8. Epcot – Walk Disney World
  9. Dodger Staidum
  10. AT&T Park


Australian check-ins 

  1. MCG
  2. Crown Melbourne
  3. Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
  4. Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
  5. Darling Harbour, Sydney
  6. Sydney Opera House, Sydney
  7. Dreamworld Australia, Gold Coast
  8. The Star, Sydney
  9. Bondi Beach, Sydney
  10. ANZ Stadium, Sydney


Sport (Australia) 

  1. Cricket
  2. Grand final
  3. Lions
  4. Roosters
  5. Rugby
  6. Essendon
  7. NRL
  8. V8
  9. Wallabies
  10. Socceroos


Public figures (Australia) 

  1. Princess Kate
  2. Kevin Rudd
  3. Tony Abbott
  4. Julia Gillard
  5. Miranda Kerr


Political Issues (Australia) 

  1. GST
  2. Asylum seekers
  3. NBN
  4. Gay Marriage
  5. Immigration



  1. Big Brother
  2. The Voice
  3. One Direction
  4. Breaking Bad
  5. Beyoncé




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