Anglo Tapes one of year's biggest Twitter storms
THE Anglo Tapes scoop, the election of Pope Francis and the Seanad referendum were the topics that got people talking on Twitter this year.
The revelations about goings-on at the doomed Anglo Irish Bank in the Irish Independent and Independent.ie caused a sensation among members of the social network.
One incident that caused a Twitter storm was 'Lapgate' in the Dail, when Fine Gael TD Tom Barry pulled party colleague Aine Collins on to his lap during the abortion debate.
Another subject that got people Tweeting was the passing of Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney.
Irish tweeters also loved sharing their views of TV show favourites such as RTE's 'Prime Time', 'The X Factor' and 'Big Brother'.
People who got us tweeting included Brian O'Driscoll, Roy Keane, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.
Conversation starters among Irish tweeters were largely secondary school memories, things Irish people never say, but probably should, and Irish political films.
The world's most popular message of the year, which peaked at 408,000 retweets, came from Glee star Lea Michele thanking fans for their support following the death of her co-star and partner Cory Monteith.
International stories that spurred us to vent included the Syria war and the Boston bombings last April.
Meanwhile, the country's YouTube favourites of 2013 included a mix of dodgy music, a taxi driver dancing to Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky', Ron Burgundy and a talking elephant.
The most watched video was 'What does the fox say?' by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis. Second was Cork animation phenomenon Sminky Shorts with 'Elephant' -- about an elephant who thinks he's a fish.
Here is a list of the top 10 videos:
1. Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)
2. Sminky Shorts: Elephant
3. Republic of Telly – You Know You’re Irish When…
4. How Animals Eat Their Food
5. My Wedding Speech – McFly’s Tom Fletcher
6. Irish lad in Canada wishes his ma a happy birthday Nidge style
7. Ron Burgundy on Love/Hate series finale in Ireland
8. Class Dublin Taxi Driver
9. Attraction perform their stunning shadow act - Week 1 Auditions | Britain's Got Talent 2013
10 New Orleans Proposal - Rose of Tralee 2013