Facebook’s ‘Year in Review’ shows the biggest moments of your life, top trends of 2012

Social networking titan Facebook has released a 2012 Year in Review that shows off notable trends of the year and, in a nice twist, the 20 biggest stories from your Timeline.

Similar to Google’s Zietgiest, Facebook’s Year in Review takes advantage of troves of data on its more than 1 billion users to accurately sum up the big things that happened this year. Some of the results might even surprise those who didn’t pay attention to a certain category. In television, for example, I had no idea that A&E’s Duck Dynasty was so popular on Facebook — more popular than Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Game of Thrones.

The Year in Review also takes a personal twist by showing you the biggest things that happened to you (on Facebook) in 2012. Posts and pictures in which you’re tagged that have a lot of likes and comments are the most likely candidates for big moments. My year in review features several moments surrounding the presidential election, popular photos taken with friends, memes, and a few news stories shared on my Timeline. To see your personal Year in Review, go to facebook.com/yearinreview.

To see more on Facebook’s top trends, check out facebookstories.com/2012. Here’s the full list of trends from 2012 for the United States:

2012 Trends – U.S.

Events
US Presidential Election
Superbowl XLVI
Death of Whitney Houston
Superstorm Sandy
London 2012 Olympics
Death of Trayvon Martin
Facebook IPO
Aurora Shootings
Death of Dick Clark
Obama’s Endorsement of Gay Marriage

Songs
We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) – Fun
Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
Payphone – Maroon 5
Mercy – Kanye West
Some Nights – Fun
Home – Phillip Phillips
Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
Take Care (feat. Rihanna) – Drake

Movies
The Hunger Games
The Avengers
Magic Mike
The Vow
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
21 Jump Street
The Dark Knight Rises
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Skyfall
Prometheus

Check-Ins
Times Square, New York
Disneyland, California
AT&T Park, California
Yankee Stadium, New York
Rangers Ballpark, Texas
Fenway Park, Massachusetts
Dodger Stadium, California
Universal Studios, Florida
Wrigley Field, Illinois
Angel Stadium, California

Public Figures
Barack Obama
Mitt Romney
One Direction
Tim Tebow
Eli Manning and Peyton Manning (tie)
Madonna
Honey Boo Boo
Jeremy Lin
Paul Ryan
Phillip Phillips

Books
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) – Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) – Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) – Suzanne Collins
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) -E.L. James
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) – J.K. Rowling
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
Twilight (Twilight, #1) – Stephenie Meyer
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

Technology
Instagram
Timeline
Pinterest
Draw Something
iPhone 5
Kindle Fire
SOPA
News Feed
Siri
SongPop

Politics
Barack Obama
Mitt Romney
Voted
Four More Years
Paul Ryan
Rick Santorum
Gay Marriage
Obamacare
The Polls
DNC

Television
Duck Dynasty
Honey Boo Boo
Big Bang Theory
Game of Thrones
Downton Abbey
Breaking Amish
Ink Master
Long Island Medium
Wife Swap
Two Broke Girls

Sports
NY Giants
New England Patriots
Tim Tebow
London 2012 Olympics
OKC (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Denver Broncos
San Francisco 49ers
Eli and Peyton Manning
Jeremy Lin
Los Angeles Clippers

Memes
TBH (to be honest)
YOLO (you only live once)
KONY
One-word Comment
Gangnam Style
Cinnamon Challenge
Cray
SMH (shake my head)
Big Bird
Linsanity

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