10 December 2015

Facebook lists what captured the world's attention in 2015

Source: Facebook.

Facebook's Year in Review for 2015 has been launched with a dedicated website at yearinreview.fb.com, together with an accompanying video.

The company has identified the US presidential election as the most-discussed topic globally, followed by the November 13 attacks in Paris, the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis, the Nepal earthquakes and the Greek debt crisis.

Game of Thrones was the most interesting TV series, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the movie that has captured the most global attention.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao were the most talked-about athletes of the year following their highly watched fight in May.

Clash of Kings, a new RTS RPG multiplayer war game developed by ELEX, is Facebook's Game of the Year on both web and mobile with more than 70 million players worldwide.

Facebook: 2015 Year in Review Lists

Topics (Global)
US presidential election
November 13 attacks in Paris
Syrian civil war & Refugee Crisis
Nepal earthquakes
Greek debt crisis
Marriage equality
Fight against ISIS
Charlie Hebdo attack
Baltimore protests
Charleston shooting & flag Debate

India's top topics for 2015.

Australia's top places reflect the popularity of various tourist spots, particularly zoos, which offer more picture-sharing opportunities. Sydney and Melbourne dominate.

Places (Singapore)
Universal Studios Singapore
Gardens by the Bay
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Marina Bay Singapore
Sentosa Island
Resorts World at Sentosa
Singapore Zoo
Trick Eye Museum Singapore
SEA Aquarium, Marine Life Park

Source: Siam Paragon Development Company. Update 23 December: Mrs Chadatip Chutrakul, CEO of Siam Paragon Development Company said, "This year marks the decade of Siam Paragon's operations. Throughout the past years, Siam Paragon has proved itself to be a project that exudes elegance with high standards and elevates Bangkok to the status of a world-class shopping destination. Siam Paragon has welcomed local shoppers and foreign tourists with no fewer than 250,000 visitors a day. As a result of the fact that Facebook gave the 6th ranking to Siam Paragon as the world's most talked about places and being the only one destination in Asia making the top 10 rankings in 2015; we thank all of you for taking part in Siam Paragon's formidable achievement."

A handful of Asian venues made it to the Top 20 Global Places in Facebook. The Top 20 Global Places and all country-specific Places lists are based on the number of Facebook check-ins at these locations over the course of 2015. Siam Paragon was in 6th place while Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay Sands and are in the 13th and 14th position respectively.

Entertainers (Global)
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
Kanye West
Nicky Jam
Wiz Khalifa
Caitlyn Jenner
The Weeknd

TV Shows (Global)
Game of Thrones (GoT)
The Walking Dead
The Daily Show
Saturday Night Live
The Simpsons
19 Kids and Counting
Grey’s Anatomy
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Orange is the New Black (OITNB)

Movies (Global)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Furious 7
Jurassic World
Avengers: Age of Ultron
American Sniper
Straight Outta Compton
Fifty Shades of Grey
Mad Max: Fury Road
Magic Mike XXL
Pitch Perfect 2 

Athletes (Global)
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Manny Pacquiao
Ronda Rousey
Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo
Tom Brady
Stephen Curry
LeBron James
Serena Williams
Carlos Tevez

New Games (Global)
Fallout Shelter & Fallout 4
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Mortal Kombat X
Batman: Arkham Knight
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Dying Light
Star Wars: Battlefront
Halo 5: Guardians 


Explore the Year in Review. The Year in Review video captured some special moments in Singapore, which includes Singapore’s 50th birthday and remembering elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew.  
See the Top 20 Places

Editor's note: It should be noted that country lists, offered in local languages, cannot be compared to the English lists. Country lists reflecting what local language speakers think, limiting perspectives to people most likely living in the country, whereas the lists in English could reflect what English speakers around the world think. The list for Taiwan, for example, is in traditional Chinese, which is only used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.


All Year in Review lists (except for New Sticker Packs and Places) were measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts made between January 1 and December 1, 2015. To put these lists together, Facebook posts were analysed in an aggregated, anonymised way, and then ranked to create a snapshot of the year on Facebook.
To determine the Top New Sticker Packs, Facebook looked at all sticker packs that launched in 2015 and ranked them by most sticker sends per day averaged across the year. Sticker Pack lists were not included in this blog post.