Wednesday 17 January 2018

Royal wedding and UK riots dominate Facebook in 2011

The Royal Wedding Group in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. Photo: AP
The Royal Wedding Group in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. Photo: AP

Emma Barnett

The Royal wedding and UK riots topped the list of the 10 most talked about topics by users of Facebook in Britain in 2011.

During the Royal wedding weekend, over a million people in the UK updated their Facebook status several times to discuss the high profile event. The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, was mentioned 131,385 times in people’s statuses, while the Duke of Cambridge, was written about 104,747 times. When football star David Beckham arrived at the wedding, there was a huge surge in discussion on Facebook, with 9,000 mentions of his name in just 20 minutes.

The world’s largest social network has released a list of the ‘top Facebook status updates’ over the last 12 months.

The UK riots came in second place, with people turning to their Facebook profiles to talk about what was happening in their area and to express their shock at the events. The site, just like Twitter, was then used to help coordinate clean-up operations.

The third most discussed topic in Britons’ Facebook status updates was the popular TV show: The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE), closely followed by the death of Amy Winehouse and the death of Osama Bin Laden.

A Facebook spokesman said: “A lot can change in a year of UK status update trends; last year it was all about X Factor contestants and the World Cup, whereas this year British people are more interested in the Royal Wedding, The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) and in stark contrast, more serious issues - from the UK riots to the death of Osama bin Laden.”

The top 10 topics dominating British Facebook users’ status updates in 2011:

1. Royal Wedding

2. UK Riots

3. The Only Way Is Essex

4. Death of Amy Winehouse

5. Death of Osama bin Laden

6. Death of Muammar Gaddafi

7. Jessie J

8. Ed Sheeran

9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

10. Reem (a new word made popular by TOWIE meaning ‘gorgeous’)

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