World Cup, One Direction, that Oscars selfie and X Factor top Twitter in 2014

2014 proved to be a record-breaking year on the social networking site


Forget the stands, Twitter was the place to be for football fans in 2014.


The social networking site reports a record-breaking year and the World Cup wins the trophy for most tweeted about event ever, with 672 million tweets posted about this year’s competition in Brazil. Unsurprisingly, the climax came in the final when there were 618,725 sent per minute — the largest peak measured this year — as Germany (@DFB_Team) took home the championship.

In fact, eight of the top ten most tweeted about moments match-related thanks to additional Champions League chatter. Boy band One Direction winning best British video at the Brits and tweets about New Year round out the top ten.

Meanwhile, the celeb-packed selfie Ellen De Generes took at the Oscars has been confirmed as the most retweeted since the site’s launch – and thereby this year’s Golden Tweet – with more than 3.3 million tweets currently clocked up.

The term ‘selfie’ has been mentioned more than 92 million times, which is a whopping 500 percent increase on 2013. Prince William and Harry’s first ever selfie, Emma Watson’s graduation selfie, Ant and Dec’s snap from the NTA stage and Benedict Cumberbatch with Keira Knightley at The Imitation Game premiere are among the site’s top picks.

In the UK, a tweet from One Direction’s Harry Styles takes the top spot for most retweets, with more than 359,000 retweets when he posted a message to mark the band’s four year anniversary. It was so popular it placed ninth in the worldwide retweet tally.

It’s good news for X Factor, with the show taking top spot for trending hash tags related to TV in the UK. Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother take second and third respectively. For award ceremonies, it was the Golden Globes that had the hash tags flying, with the Brits, Baftas and NTAs following.

News events saw missing plane MH370 top the trending hashtags, while the Indy Ref was the highest trending political subject.

When it comes to the British stars we’re following, Harry Styles tops the UK chart with 22.8 million followers, his own band One Direction are just behind at 21.5 million with Adele in third spot with 21.3 million. Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson from One Direction also make the top ten, alongside actress Emma Watson and musicians Coldplay and Ed Sheeran. Worldwide, Katy Perry takes the crown with a staggering 61 million followers.


For more head to Twitter’s 2014 Moments page