2015 has been full of a wide range of both wonderful and heartbreaking events. One way to get a glimpse of what 2015 consisted of is by looking at the top hashtags that trended throughout the year.
1. At its peak #JeSuisParis (I am Paris) was being tweeted at a rate of 6,500 times per minute. It was a way for those near and far to show their solidarity with Parisians during the horrible terror attacks that took the life of 129 innocent victims.
2. #BlackLivesMatter started trending after unarmed black men in the States were killed by police officers. America saw much unrest in Ferguson, Baltimore and Charleston this year resulting in an increase in racial tension. This was tweeted over 9 million times in 2015.
3. #MarriageEquality and #LoveWins were major trends as the Supreme Court legalised same sex marriage in the States and in Ireland. Many Irish citizens were also using #HomeToVote to show their support.
4. The major exodus for those from the Middle East and Northern Africa that have been faced with genocide have led many European countries to deal with the migration crisis. EU citizens started #RefugeesWelcome to address their governments and tell them how the people feel.
5. 14 year-old Texan Ahmed Mohammed was arrested in his school as his homemade alarm clock that was in his bag was mistook as a bomb by his teacher. The photo of him being arrested in his school and #IStandWithAhmed became a major trend.
6. #Election2015 trended as there were elections in the UK, Canada and India this year
7. #FifaWWC trended as FIFA’s Womens World Cup took place in Canada earlier this year.
8. The 9 year journey of a spacecraft came within 7750 miles from Pluto resulting in the popular trend of #PlutoFlyby in July.
9. Of course #TheDress was a major debate on social media where users were torn as to whether the dress was black and blue or white and gold.
10. Last but not least is #CallMeCaitlyn which started trending soon after the Vanity Fair cover featuring Caitlyn Jenner was released online. It had a soaring 152,000 mentions only 5 hours after the release. We can only imagine what 2016 has in store for us.