Facebook's Year in Review Is Here — Here's What You'll Find

Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

Facebook's Year in Review is out, and it's going to make you feel all the feels.

The annual look-back compiles the most talked-about events in a variety of categories, including global topics, movies, TV shows, entertainers, athletes and places. To measure its popularity, the social network examined how often a given topic was mentioned in Facebook posts written between Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2015.

A selection of topics — including the Dress, Ahmed Mohamed, the Germanwings plane crash and marriage equality — were collected and made into a video set to music:  


The top 10 global topics provide a fascinating window into the worldwide Facebook audience, and included the United States presidential election, the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis, the Nepal earthquakes and marriage equality. Each topic is expandable, and includes relevant Facebook posts from real users.

In order, they were:

1. U.S. presidential election

2. Nov. 13 attacks in Paris

3. Syrian civil war and refugee crisis

4. Nepal earthquakes

5. Greek debt crisis

6. Marriage equality

7. Fight against ISIS 

8. Charlie Hebdo attack

9. Baltimore protests

10. Charleston, South Carolina, shooting and flag debate

Source: Facebook

Unlike Facebook's "Your Year in Review," which takes notable events and posts from a specific user's life, the "Year in Review" takes the temperature of people around the world at large, and presents a decidedly different — and often, more somber — picture than other end-of-year retrospectives. 

"As 2015 comes to a close, we remember what was on our minds this year and the difference we made by coming together," Facebook wrote in a blog post publicizing the feature.

The video's conclusion shared a similar sentiment, ending with an image of the famous "like" thumbs up and the message, "Let's stand together in 2016."

See the full breakdown of top 10 lists here.

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Sophie Kleeman

Sophie is a staff writer at Mic covering the intersection of tech and culture. She's based in New York and can be reached at sophie@mic.com.

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