Twitter's 10 biggest moments of 2014
CALIFORNIA, USA – Twitter. This is the place where global conversations happen, where news breaks, and topics trend.
Now, Twitter is more than a micro-blogging site that the social media platform began as. For repressive governments it’s an adversary; and democracy activists, an ally. For citizens around the world, it’s a place where the voice of an ordinary citizen can potentially reach millions of people.
Where television and newspapers used to record the first drafts of history, with reporters recording the first account, now netizens – armed with mobile phones, laptops and the Internet – are doing it themselves.
While there were thousands of memorable and historic moments that happened on Twitter, we narrow down 2014’s top 10 moments.
Here are our top 10 moments on Twitter for 2014:
Hailed as one of the "finest character actors" of his generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death shocked the world. He won the Academy Award in 2006 as best actor for Capote and was nominated 3 more times.
Celebrities, world leaders and netizens took to Twitter to express shock, condolences and other messages for the actor.
Beautiful beautiful man. We have lost so much joy to something so joyless. RIP PSH.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 2, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant, talented man. The news this morning is shocking and sad. My heart goes out to his loved ones.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 2, 2014
Such shocking & sad news. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) February 2, 2014
The kidnappings were horrific, brazen, unimaginable. The world learned who Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group, was after they kidnapped over 200 school girls in April 2014.
#BringBackOurGirls trended soon after.
Here are some of the top tweets:
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Despite the controversies that hounded the 2014 Winter Olympics, including anti-gay remarks made by Russian President Vladimir Putin, sub-par facilities and issues surrounding Sochi being used to improve the Russian President’s image, the actual games brought a lot of emotional moments for people everywhere, as shared.
For the Philippines, Michael Martinez‘ historic performance as the first and youngest Southeast Asian in Olympic figure skater, was a source of pride for Pinoys around the world.
Here are some of the event’s top tweets:
Don’t mess with Filipinos and their chicken! Was it a chicken shortage? The truck ban in Manila? A total of 72 Jollibee stores were temporarily closed on August 8, 2014, after the Filipino fast food chain ran out of their signature item: its version of fried chicken called, "Chickenjoy."
It was found that an error in the company’s supply chain software apparently caused the chicken shortage.
Chicken lovers across Metro Manila and nearby cities took to Twitter to express their frustrations, as well as spreading a little humor.
So kung puro sold out sa Jollibee ano na lang ang available? Pfft. #Chickensad— Abbu Cabrera (@nokneetoe) August 13, 2014
But by August 17, things were #chickensad no more.
5. Princess Sarah
It started as a Japanese anime, but a series of memes as comedic tweets have turned this well-loved character into a smart-aleck Filipino Twitter personality.
Tweets by @TweetsNiSarah
Walang forever bhe, pero may lifetime. Kaya wag mong sabihin na "I will love you forever." "I will love you for a lifetime." dapat.— Princess Sarah (@TweetsNiSarah) December 9, 2014
Ang hirap kapag may nawala sayo na hindi mo na kayang kunin pa ulit...... Kagaya nung pake ko.— Princess Sarah (@TweetsNiSarah) December 9, 2014
Wag kang magalit kapag tinititigan kita. Sabi ng parents ko mag-focus daw ako sa goals ko eh.— Princess Sarah (@TweetsNiSarah) December 8, 2014
The 63-year-old Academy Award-winning actor died on August 11 after a battle with depression. Stars and fans alike expressed sadness over the funny man’s death on Twitter.
So sad so very sad about Robin. My head and heart extend to his family.— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) August 11, 2014
This tweet by the Academy of the Genie and Aladdin received over 300,000 retweets. Williams voiced the Genie for the Disney film.
Genie, you're free. pic.twitter.com/WjA9QuuldD— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 12, 2014
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This year’s Academy Awards was one to remember. It didn’t matter if you had a TV or not, much of this year’s awards were tweeted.
But this selfie by Academy Awards host Ellen Degeneres defined this year’s Oscars. The photo was retweeted over 3 million times.
Check out our live blog for more.
For football fans, timezones didn’t matter. Whether you’d be groggy – or even hungover – at work the next day was irrelevant.
Twitter reported 16.4 million tweets devoted to real-time discussion of the match between Brazil and Chile. (READ: World Cup fever strikes Facebook, Twitter)
Rappler’s World Cup microsite
If the Chinese government had learned any lessons from the Arab Spring, it is that social media is extremely difficult to control, and can drive real world action.
Hong Kong being one of the more economically prosperous cities in the region, the protest now known as Occupy Central (or #OccupyCentral) in the Asian city surprised people across the region and around the world.
Citizens of Hong Kong took the streets on September 28 to defy China’s unwillingness to grant universal suffrage to the special administrative region.
More tweets on our #OccupyCentral live blog.
10. Airline mysteries, disasters
It was not a good year for transportation. Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lampur. It is still nowhere to be found.
The topic trended on Twitter shortly after the plane’s disappearance with over 2 million mentions related to Malaysia Airlines. (READ: MH370: Tracking social conversations)
In July, another Malaysia Airlines plane was found to have been shot down over Ukraine. #MH17 and #PrayForMH17 trended soon after. (READ: Deja vu: Social media reacts to ill-fated flight #MH17)
On December 28, Asia Asia flight QZ8501 went missing that took off from Surabaya, Indonesia, bound for Singapore. The plane had 162 passengers when it went missing. (READ: LIVE BLOG: AirAsia Flight QZ8501).
On December 30, another AirAsia mishap happened when a plane from Manila overshot the runway in Kalibo.
Rappler Indonesia Bureau Chief Jet Damazo-Santos, who was on the mentioned flight, Tweeted these photos of the incident:
Airasia plane overshot runway at kalibo pic.twitter.com/6E4hWUJbS0— Jet Damazo-Santos (@jetdsantos) December 30, 2014
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