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Twitter just came out with their annual report on what were the most influential moments and hashtags of 2016 and guess what made it to the top? It was Virat Kohli’s tweet in support of Anushka Sharma after she was trolled on social media for his T20 performance in March 2016. “Shame on people for trolling @AnushkaSharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity,” he wrote. The tweet went viral with over 39,000 retweets and the cricketer was lauded for taking a stand for his rumoured girlfriend. Apparently, it was the Golden Tweet of the year.
Next in line was the most influential moment of the year and that, hands down, had to be and was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation announcement, effects of which, people are still dealing with. There were debates, opinions and jokes floating around on Twitter over the move and it refused to die down for a few days after November 8. Other influential moments included Rio Olympics, India Vs Pakistan T20, Delhi pollution and more.
Here’s the list of 10 most influential moments of 2016.
1. Modi’s demonetisation scheme
On November 8, Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. The platform recorded 650,000 Tweets in 24 hours following the announcement and millions more tweets in the following weeks.
2. Women athletes at Rio 2016
Rio Olympics as a whole dominated social media but the win of PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik had a special impact and a majority of the discussion was around their triumph.
3. INDvPAK at WT20
Every India-Pakistan match makes for discussion because, well, it was not just another cricket match, it was against Pakistan which made it necessary for team India to win. Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) became the most mentioned player of this #WT20 match on Twitter.
4. Delhi pollution
Right after Diwali, smog-levels shot up at dangerous heights and that’s all people in the Capital could talk about. Pictures, messages and alerts dominated social media.
5. India celebrates Diwali
Diwali being Diwali, the festival dominated social media as people shared photos and videos celebrating.
6. INDvAUS at WT20
Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) scored 47 runs in the last five overs, hitting seven boundaries and a six, and the moment he hit the winning runs to secure India’s passage to the semi-finals was the most-tweeted moment of #WT20.
7. International Day of Yoga
On the day, the Yoga emoji was a hit. The 2nd International Day of Yoga on June 21 was celebrated by yoga enthusiasts in India and across the world on Twitter.
8. Global Citizen India
Thanks to all the rumours that spread before the final event, the Global Citizen Festival was a much-tweeted-about event on social media. As Coldplay frontman Chris Martin performed a duet with AR Rahman for ‘Vande Mataram’, the electric moment lit up on Twitter with videos and photos from the 80,000 screaming fans reaching a global audience.
9. India celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi
A special emoji for Ganesh Chaturthi was a delight from August 5-16 and people had a blast sharing pictures, videos and posts celebrating the festival.
10. Filmfare Awards
There were a lot of behind-the-scenes moments floating on Twitter for the 61st Filmfare Awards on January 15, which made it one of the most talked about events on Twitter.
The top hashtags of 2016 were mostly around cricket matches but also reflected interest in surgical strike and JNU controversy. The list had #Rio2016, #IndvsPak, #WT20, #IndvsAus, #MakeInIndia, #IndvsWI, #IndvsBan, #PVSindhu, #surgicalstrike and #JNU forming the Top 10.
As expected, Narendra Modi continues to be the most followed person on Indian Twitter with 25.2 million followed by Amitabh Bachchan at 23.8 million. Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra also feature in the list.
However, after Rio Olympics, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar are the new most influential accounts of 2016.