Facebook’s Top 10 topics and Canadian ‘check-in’ spots for 2014

Germany top of FIFA rankings after World Cup win
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0. AP Photo/Martin Meissner

TORONTO – If you ever feel like you spend more time on Facebook than you should, at least anyone familiar with its Top 10 Topics of 2014 would be able to partake in a well-informed discussion of global issues at any real-life cocktail party.

Facebook has released its most popular topics list measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned in posts made between January and December 2014. The posts were analyzed anonymously and ranked to “create a snapshot of the year on Facebook.” They include data from more than 200 countries and territories including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan, Brazil and Mexico.

How many of these caught your interest in the past year?

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Facebook’s Top 10 Global Topics in 2014

  1. World Cup
  2. Ebola virus outbreak
  3. Brazilian elections
  4. Robin Williams
  5. Ice bucket challenge
  6. Conflict in Gaza
  7. Malaysia Airlines
  8. Super Bowl
  9. Michael Brown/Ferguson
  10. Sochi Winter Olympics
Robin Williams
In this Nov. 5, 2011 file photo, actor Robin Williams poses for a portrait during the “Happy Feet” Press Junket in Beverly Hills, Calif. Authorities say an autopsy on Williams found no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system when he committed suicide at his Northern California home in August 2014. Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP

The social media network also released a list of the top locations where Canadian users “checked in” in 2014. How many of these have you been to? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Facebook’s Top “Checked In” Locations in Canada in 2014 

  1. Niagara Falls (ON)
  2. Rogers Centre (ON)
  3. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada (ON)
  4. Canada’s Wonderland (ON)
  5. The Toronto Zoo (ON)
  6. Whistler Blackcomb (BC)
  7. CN Tower / La Tour (ON)
  8. The Calgary Zoo (AB)
  9. Metro Toronto Convention Centre (ON)
  10. Banff Lake Louise Tourism (AB)
  11. Centre Bell (QC)
  12. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (BC)

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