Facebook reveals 2013 year in review

Pope Francis takes most talked about top spot for 2013

Pope Francis was the most talked about topic this year ahead of worldwide elections and the Royal Baby, according to Facebook’s new 2013 Year in Review

Pope Francis was the most talked about topic on Facebook in 2013 with Miley Cyrus and the Harlem Shake also making the top 10, according to the social networking site.

Facebook’s “2013 Year in Review”, published yesterday, showcases the most talked about topics of the year on the social networking site both worldwide and regionally.

Gaming featured heavily in the UK’s list with GTA V and Call of Duty: Ghosts among the 10 most talked about topics, while Andy Murray’s Wimbledon triumph helped him claim the number one spot.

Other subjects that set UK users’ fingers tapping were Margaret Thatcher, after her death in April, the UEFA Champions League Final, and ex-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Pope topped the worldwide list ahead of “Election”, which was the second most mentioned term because of high-profile national elections in India, Kenya, Iran and Italy. Nelson Mandela was the 10th topic worldwide after his recent death.

The Royal Baby, inevitably, made the list at number three ahead of “typhoon”, referring to Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated parts of the Phillipines last month.

The Super Bowl led the way in the US, just ahead of the recent Government shutdown and the Boston Marathon, where five people died following a bombing in April.

The review also explores the places with the most check-ins throughout the world – with the O2 topping the charts in the UK – and the top life events that users added to their timeline in 2013.

To see your own highlights of the year, go to your Facebook profile and click "See your 2013 Year in Review".

Facebook's most talked about topics worldwide for 2013:

  1. Pope Francis
  2. Election
  3. Royal Baby
  4. Typhoon
  5. Margaret Thatcher
  6. Harlem Shake
  7. Miley Cyrus
  8. Boston Marathon
  9. Tour de France
  10. Nelson Mandela

Facebook's most talked about topics in the UK for 2013:

  1. Andy Murray
  2. Margaret Thatcher
  3. UEFA Champions League Final
  4. Prince George
  5. Sir Alex Ferguson
  6. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  7. England retain the Ashes in cricket
  8. X-Factor
  9. The “Bedroom Tax”
  10. Grand Theft Auto V

Reporting by Samuel Horti