It is no surprise that half of Australia’s top ten most Tweeted about moments this year were sport-related.
These included tweets about Jack Viney’s successful appeal of his two week suspension, World Cup chatter in the build up to #AUSNED, Collingwood’s Nathan Brown’s dislocated shoulder, the 2014 Melbourne Cup and the Australia vs South Africa T20.
But the most tweeted about moment of 2014? The one-minute silence observed at 11am on 11 November – Remembrance Day. Who would have thought? (Although arguably, Tweeting during a one-minute silence is not the most respectful thing to do.) Here’s just one of the millions of tweets marking the occasion.
11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month… #RemembranceDay #Australia #LestWeForget pic.twitter.com/8jiDN03HMD
— Wanderlust (@renugossips) November 11, 2014
Hashtag trends included news, sport, television and politics with the number one hashtag being #auspol (a discussion of Australian politics).
The incredible deception of the electorate. Power stolen by liars. Julie Bishop misled Australia. #auspol pic.twitter.com/zlwj3aQJgW — chris murphy (@chrismurphys) December 10, 2014
Popular television show hashtags in the top ten included Q&A (#qanda), My Kitchen Rules (#mkr), The X Factor (#xfactorau), The Bachelor Australia (#TheBachelorAU) and Big Brother Australia (#BBAU).
Entertainers dominated the most followed Australian Twitter accounts with Cody Simpson at 7.2 million, Hugh Jackman and Luke Hemmings at 4.8 million and Callum Hood at 4.3 million.
Blog.twitter.com shared three of the top “Only on Twitter” moments – things that could have only happened because of Twitter. This included the #putoutyourbats tribute to cricketer Phillip Hughes, seen by 125 million people worldwide.
My bat when I was 25. RIP Phil. #putoutyourbats pic.twitter.com/tFWYdfNxoc — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 28, 2014
Another “Only on Twitter” moment occurred when Tim Cahill tweeted his reaction to Germany thrashing Brazil at the World Cu, sparking a #Cahilling craze.
Wow wow wow this is crazy. Whens #BRA going to turn up. I know predict a few red cards now @FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/jXoSE5Ttla
— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) July 8, 2014
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