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Facebook releases biggest trends of 2013

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It isn’t surprising that Facebook is the place people go to discuss themselves, the latest gossip or world events. To find out which topics were most popular Facebook released it year in review Monday which included a summary of the most talked about events, posts and check-ins around the world for 2013.

Today’s announcement proves Pope Francis ranked higher in Facebook discussions than Miley Cyrus or the Harlem Shake in 2013. The most talked about events worldwide include the Pope, elections around the globe and the royal baby. Other natural disasters and tragedies made the list including typhoons, floods and the Boston Marathon. The death of Nelson Mandela and the Tour de France also made the top ten.

The most talked about events in the U.S. include some from the global list and some strictly American trends. The Super Bowl topped the list with the government shutdown coming in second. The tragic events surrounding the Boston marathon, George Zimmerman and the inauguration of President Obama also made this year’s U.S. list.

Talking about themselves has been a focus of the Facebook generation and this year they did a lot of it. The most talked about life events include relationship status; particularly announcements of engagements or marriage itself. Discussions of travel and moving were also high on the list. Other events such as ending a relationship, having a baby, the loss of a loved one and that ever important piercing round out the top ten.

The top check-in location in the U.S. and the world was Disneyland. Other locations to make a mark this year were the Golden Temple in India, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town and Parque Ibirapuera in São Paulo.

Individuals can also check out their personal year in review and find out their 20 most important events of the Facebook year.

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