As 2015 comes to a close, the platform took the opportunity to look back on the year’s biggest stories and top trends through its 140-character-at-a-time lens.
The New York Times reported that many of Twitter’s top trends this year were based on stories from the United States, though nearly 80 percent of its active users come from outside the U.S.:
Twitter, a service that logs about 320 million active users monthly, says that 79 percent of those accounts are from outside of the United States. Still, topics of particular interest to Americans dominated the list. Using several influential hashtags, people expressed their opinions about social justice at a time when the country was openly grappling with civil rights, discrimination and racism. #LoveWins, a hashtag that sprang up after the United States Supreme Court guaranteed the rights of same-sex couples to marry, cataloged widespread celebrations.