The year 2012 was one for the databanks. People set cables on fire with the intensity of their emotions, and shredded them with the sharpness of their wit.
News events triggered numerous commentaries, posts and memes on social media, as did videos and photos of controversial happenings caught by bystanders. A few surprises also cropped up – even those behind them, and pundits could not believe how viral theseposts became.
However, the pervasiveness of social media and the anonymity it provides also have downsides: while technology has made it easier for more and more people to get their 15 minutes of fame, it has become easier to say things without regard for consequences, giving rise to incidents of cyberbullying.
Here’s a look at the 10most talked about, tweeted, memed and liked (or disliked) issues on social media in the year of the dragon, in no particular order.