According to an official blog post, Facebook calls the method it’s used to collate the topics “Memology”. It claims to take “the pulse of this global community by comparing this year’s status updates to last year’s, unearthing the most popular topics and cultural trends emerging on Facebook”.
One of the most talked about news on the social networking website in 2011 was the death of Osama Bin Laden. 10 percent people who speak English and are registered users on the social network talked about his death on the 1st of May.
The trend tracking is referred to as memology by Facebook. Jonathan Chang of Facebook said that with more than 800 million registered users on the site from all over the world, news and tragedies spread really fast. After Bin Laden’s death, another topic that trended the most on Facebook was the match between Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, after the latter defeated the former, as they won at the Super Bowl back in February. In July, the trial ofalso generated lots of hype on the social network.
Consequently, the fourth most popular topic on Facebook in 2011 remained that of Charlie Sheen, and his tiger blood talk. On twitter, the hashtag of tigerblood became the 2nd most popular for the year. As the death of, Apple’s co-founder occurred later in the year, it came on the 5th spot of most trendy topics of 2011 on the site. It is believed that if the death occurred several months before, it would have been the top topic for the year. Followed by Steve Jobs, was the death of Amy Whinehouse and the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which came on the 8th spot. The list of top 10 also had the operations in Libya and also Hurricane Irene that resided on the top positions on the list.
Two acronyms which included “LMS” which stands for like my status and TBH, which standards for to be honest, also exploded this year on Facebook.