2014 was an eventful year — and Twitter knew it.
Analysis of 185.4 million Twitter mentions across 80 different news events this year — ranging from Russia invading Crimea, the Hobby Lobby decision, the Ebola virus and the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. — by Echelon Insights yielded interesting results.
Ferguson was far and away the most talked about event in 2014 — with Michael Brown's death in August and the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in December causing massive spikes in mentions — followed by the midterm elections, Ebola and Israel.
Iraq was the fifth most talked about story, followed by Russia and Ukraine, Donald Sterling and the Los Angeles Clippers debacle and guns. Obamacare and marijuana rounded out the top 10.
There was also a noticeable difference between liberal and conservative activists.
For example, between April 6 and April 20, all political insiders were talking about the midterms. Breaking it down by party, conservative activists were discussing guns the most during the same period, while liberals were focused in on Obamacare.
Israel was a hot topic on Twitter during July, regardless of political views. Overall, it was the fourth most talked about story of the year.
Unsurprisingly, President Obama was the most talked about politician. Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee frontrunner Hillary Clinton was the second most talked about on Twitter.
Liberals were 3 times more likely than conservatives to tweet about the GOP, while conservatives were 2 times more likely to tweet about Obama than liberals.
What will Twitter give us in 2015?