If Sachin and Modi dominated conversation on Facebook this year, Twitter could also not stay away from the charm of the master blaster either. 2013 was the year that cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) said goodbye to the sport, Bollywood reached new box office heights, and the nation rallied around the people of Uttarakhand during a time of great need. YourStory got access to some of the top things that made news and trended in India this year. What happened in India and the rest of the world was simultaneously happening on Twitter, here is a snapshot.
In 2013, people in India used Twitter to discuss sports, politics, television and news events that were both local and global. The country loved tweeting about cricket this year, and some of the top trends were #ThankYouSachin, #IndvsAus and #IPL.
Twitter also doubled as the second screen for TV fans as they tweeted along in real time, sharing thoughts with fellow viewers across the country. Programmes such as #BB7, #ThePerfectBachelor and #KoffeeWithKaran ranked highly.
It is also the place people turned to discuss breaking news, from international events in Syria and Egypt, to the devastating Uttarakhand Floods and Cyclone Phailin.
Trending topics help Twitter users discover the hottest emerging topics people are talking about as they break, rather than the total volume of conversation about a topic, making the platform a great place to keep current with the latest events and news. The lists shown below capture what grabbed the country’s attention for much of 2013.
Sachin Tendulkar ruled Cricket, Shah Rukh Khan dominated Bollywood, Afzal Guru had the most mindshare in Indian news and Narendra Modi predictably created buzz in politics.
New comers to the site was a mix from across the world of entertainment, sports and government in 2013. Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor), Sridevi (@SrideviBKapoor), Saina Nehwal(@NSaina), Sourav Ganguly(@SouravGanguly) and the Indian Army (@adgpi) were among those who made their debut on the social networking platform.
Here’s the leader board