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A look at Twitter India & Facebook India’s 2014 trends

rp_Twitter-250x172.jpgTwitter has released its annual #YearOnTwitter report for 2014, which lists the top trending events and topics in India this year. The trends are as follows:

Top 10 peaks in Twitter conversations:

Rohit Sharma’s (@ImRo45) world record breaking score of 264 last month vs Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, saw the biggest spike in Twitter conversations in India, followed by Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) joining Twitter in May and Modi refraining his supporters from making irresponsible statements in April.

Others in the list include the Pepsi IPL, Kejriwal’s arrest and Modi’s interview for a Hindi News channel in May, Kejriwal’s filing nomination paper from Varanasi and Abu Azmi controversial comments on rape in April, and Maria Sharapova claiming not to know who Sachin Tendulkar is and the Diwali festival, in July and October respectively.

Most retweeted tweets in India:

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PM Modi’s (@NarendraModi) declaration of victory tweet in May tops this list with over 70,000 retweets, followed by a Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) tweet. Rajnikanth’s first ever tweet also made the list, being the sixth most retweeted.

ISRO’s Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) got two of its tweets in the top 10, with Sachin Tendulkar’s (@sachin_rt) tweet in tribute to Phil Hughes also making this list.

Top 10 Indian accounts with most follower growth:

The fastest growing Twitter account this year was that of Narendra Modi, with nearly 5 million followers added this year. Actor and host to Satyamev Jayate Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) comes in next, followed by Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) and Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk). The PMO’s (@PMOIndia) account grew by 60% over the year too.


Top 10 rising Twitter hashtags in india:

The fastest rising Twitter hashtags in India was topped by conversations around the football world cup this year at  #WorldCup , followed by the Malaysian flight MH370 that disappeared, at  #MH370 and the Aam Aadmi Party campaign, #Mufflerman.

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Other sports related hashtags to make this list include  #MUFC (Manchester United Football Club), #IndvsEnd, #IPL7 and #AusOpen. The Lok Sabha elections results at #Results 2014 also made the list, along with the anti-AAP hashtag #QuitAAP. JK flood relief operations to assist the Indian army at  #KashmirFloods made it fifth to the list.

20 most followed Indian Twitter accounts:

Unsurprisingly, this list is dominated by Bollywood celebrities, with 15 of them on it. At number one comes Amitabh Bachchan followed by Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, and the first non Bollywood personality on this list, Narendra Modi.

Two cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli (@imvkohli) also make the list at number 15 and 16 respectively, with the PMO’s office coming in 18th and the writer Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) at number 20.


Famous personalities and organizations to join Twitter in 2014:

Rajinikanth’s Twitter account was the most notable inductee this year, with over 200,000 fans following him within 24 hours of account creation. The government also ramped up its online presence with the President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn), ISRO’s Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (@MoHFW_INDIA), Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia), Ministry of Textiles (@TexMinIndia) and the Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) creating Twitter accounts this year.

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Other notable personalities joining the platform include, Kajol, Twinkle Khanna, Anil Kumble, Alok Nath, Prakash Jha, Uday Kotak and Arjun Kapoor among others.


FacebookThe most talked about topic on Facebook this year was the 2014 Indian general election, followed by the Indian premier league and the football world cup. ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission, which successfully launched earlier this year, came in fourth, with the Kashmir Floods coming in fifth. Others on the list include Xiaomi entering the Indian market, Alia Bhatt, Mary Kom biopic, Malaysia Airlines and the Conflict in Gaza.

Facebook said it calculated the most talked about topics by measuring how many Facebook posts in 2014 mentioned a specific topic and then ranking these topics based on the overall number of mentions. These mentions include both the term itself and related hashtags.

Top 10 places:

According to Facebook, the top place to visit in India is the India Gate, followed by the Taj Mahal and New Delhi’s Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. In the fourth place comes Nandi Hills, a hill station in Karnataka, with Marine Drive -Mumbai coming in fifth and Marina Beach -Chennai, coming in sixth.

Other to make this list include Ramoji Film City Hyderabad, LuLu Mall Kochi, Hauz Khas Village near New Delhi and another hill station from Karnataka – Coorg.

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