Twitter Microblogging site names its top political moments of 2014


tweet1Twitter Microblogging site names its top political moments of 2014, As 2014 draws to an end, Twitter is looking back at the biggest political moments for the social network. And guess what? Nigeria’s hashtag #BringBackOurGirls which was created to campaign against the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno state, also made the list. Here WSJ takes a look at what politicians and governments tweeted about — and what topics were popular online:

  • The Most-Shared Tweet: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) joined Twitter this year – and their first tweet that refused to confirm or deny the account’s existence was a hit. It was retweeted over 300,000 times — a feat that Twitter is calling the most retweeted tweet of the year, when it comes to government and politics-related news.

  • Biggest Topic on Twitter: There have been over five million tweets referencing the Islamic State, which Twitter tracked by mentions of #ISIS or #ISIL, making the militants the most-tweeted about topic in government and politics, according to Twitter. For the first time, the United States announced a military action on Twitter. The Pentagon Press secretary tweeted about air strikes in Iraq before sending a message to the media.

  • Most Viral Hashtag: Over 4.5 million tweets mentioned #BringBackOurGirls – a hashtag that raised awareness about the plight of kidnapped Nigerian school girls. First Lady Michelle Obama propelled the movement when her account tweeted a picture of her holding a sign that had the hashtag on it. That tweet is her @FLOTUS account’s most retweeted tweet to date – a Twitter spokesperson said it it received 9 million impressions, meaning it was seen 9 million times.

  • White House’s Most-Shared Moment: In 2014, Twitter says 4 million tweets mentioned Ebola, the disease that has killed thousands in West Africa and one in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The most popular tweet sent from the White House official account this year was about deflecting Ebola hype and informing Americans that they cannot catch Ebola from casual contact, air, water or food in the United States. PROCEED TO SEE MORE ON PAGE 2

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