2017’s most popular topics on social media

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Take a look back at the topics that topped the #trending lists on Twitter and Facebook in 2017.

If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, you’ll know 2017 was an insanely busy year for viral news stories. Of course, there were a few stand-out stories that trumped most of the others, and we’re here to tell you 5 of the most talked about topics from the last year.

1. Carter Wilkinson’s chicken nugget saga

The tale of one man as he strives to win a year’s supply of chicken nuggets from fast food chain Wendy’s. The tweet went on to become the most retweeted tweet in Twitter’s history. More importantly, even though Carter didn’t manage the 18million retweets he needed, because of the massive brand exposure for Wendy’s, Carter was granted his chicken nugget wish.

2017 topics - Nuggets

2. One Love Manchester

In May 2017, the world was stunned by the terrifying events of the Manchester terror attack. People across the world united on social media to show their support for all involved, with Ariana Grande’s touching response on Twitter becoming one of the most liked Tweets of the year.

The One Love Manchester benefit concert held in memory of the victims became the most viewed video and live broadcast on Facebook of the year.

One Love Manchester concert - Performers join Ariana Grande at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in a concert to benefit the victims of the terror attack after her Manchester show last month. Featuring: Ariana Grande Where: Manchester, United Kingdom When: 04
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3. Protests turn violent in Charlottesville

On 12th August 2017, a ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia became violent as white supremacists clashed with counter protestors. The violence culminated when a grey sports car was driven into the group of protestors, injuring dozens and killing Heather Heyer.

Following this, former US President Barack Obama bagged the most-liked Tweet of 2017, with more than 1.7million likes, as he posted this poignant Mandela quote:

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

Barack Obama, U.S. senator, speech on race and politics in Philadelphia March 18 2008.
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4. Hurricane Harvey causes destruction

Also in August, Texas was hit by Category 4 storm Hurricane Harvey, the strongest since 2004. The social media world was on-hand to raise awareness of and document the disaster. Unsurprisingly, this was one of the most talked about topics of the year, and became the biggest Facebook fundraising effort for a single crisis by raising more than $20million.

One tweet in particular gained a lot of attention from the social world, as Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin pledged to donate 6lbs of dog food to Houston for every RT he received.

August 24, 2017 - Geocolor image of Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico. Geocolor imagery enhancement shown here displays geostationary satell
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5. Super Bowl 51 takes to the stage on Facebook

This ever-more popular annual sporting event landed a top 3 spot in Facebook’s most-talked about list, with more than 262 million views of Super Bowl-related videos. Fans took to the platform to support their favourite teams and discuss the numerous TV ads that featured during the show.

February 05, 2017 Musician Lady Gaga performs onstage during the Super Bowl LI Halftime Show at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Charles Baus/CSM
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