Facebook Year in Review Shows Your Top Moments of 2012

By December 18, 2012 August 23rd, 2015 Social Media

It’s that time of year – the time when people start looking back on the previous year’s events. Top lists and year-in-reviews can be found all over, but what about your own top moments? Facebook has tried to help you look back at your year by providing personalized top 20 moments of 2012.

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The new feature, called Facebook Year In Review, compiles each person’s most popular (most comments, likes, and shares) life events, created posts, and posts in which others tagged them and displays them in the now familiar Timeline format. The list also shows the number of new friends, new pages liked, and birthday wishes received in 2012.

Although the site claims to show your “biggest moments from the year,” it may not show what you consider to be the biggest highlights of the year. What appears on your list depends on what you share on Facebook as well as what your friends respond to. If you tend to share life events, your list will likely give you a nice recap of the year. However, if you tend to share interesting news and information or just the latest funny cat video, your list might be less personal. Similarly, because the list is determined by the most popular stories, it also depends on what your friends tend to like.

For example, while my list consisted primarily of fun events and photos of my nephew, it also included a post I made on April 25 in which I wished everyone a happy “Perfect Date,” referencing the beauty pageant mishap in Miss Congeniality.


So, for some, the year in review might be a fun trip down memory lane, but for others, it may be more of a recap of the funniest memes and cats of 2012.

At the end of the list, Facebook encourages you to share your year in review with your friends. You can also view your friends’ years in review by entering your friends’ uniqu Facebook url after the link. For example, if you were friends with Justin Bieber, you could go to facebook.com/yearinreview/justinbieber (however, this feature only works for people you are friends with).

USA and Global Trends on Facebook

Facebook Trends 2012

In addition to showing your personal highlights from the year, Facebook also compiled lists of popular trends from 2012 based on the “pulse” of the social network’s global, 1-billion member community.

While some of the trends were no brainers (The Hunger Games topped both Movies and Books categories, and Barack Obama and Mitt Romney topped the Public Figures and Politics categories), the list also held a few surprises. For example, Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo took the top two spots on the Television list while Gangnam Style was nowhere to be found on the Top Listened to Songs.

In addition to U.S. trends, Facebook also offers similar lists for 12 other countries. Otherwise, here are the lists of all the Facebook Trends from 2012 for the U.S.:


US Presidential Election

Superbowl XLVI

Death of Whitney Houston

Superstorm Sandy

London 2012 Olympics

Death of Trayvon Martin

Facebook IPO

Aurora Shootings

Death of Dick Clark

Obama’s Endorsement of Gay Marriage


We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) – Fun

Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

Payphone – Maroon 5

Mercy – Kanye West

Some Nights – Fun

Home – Phillip Phillips

Boyfriend – Justin Bieber

Take Care (feat. Rihanna) – Drake


The Hunger Games

The Avengers

Magic Mike

The Vow

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

21 Jump Street

The Dark Knight Rises

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax




Times Square, New York

Disneyland, California

AT&T Park, California

Yankee Stadium, New York

Rangers Ballpark, Texas

Fenway Park, Massachusetts

Dodger Stadium, California

Universal Studios, Florida

Wrigley Field, Illinois

Angel Stadium, California

Public Figures

Barack Obama

Mitt Romney

One Direction

Tim Tebow

Eli Manning and Peyton Manning (tie)


Honey Boo Boo

Jeremy Lin

Paul Ryan

Phillip Phillips


The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) – Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) – Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) – Suzanne Collins

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) -E.L. James

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) – J.K. Rowling

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Twilight (Twilight, #1) – Stephenie Meyer

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen





Draw Something

iPhone 5

Kindle Fire


News Feed




Barack Obama

Mitt Romney


Four More Years

Paul Ryan

Rick Santorum

Gay Marriage


The Polls



Duck Dynasty

Honey Boo Boo

Big Bang Theory

Game of Thrones

Downton Abbey

Breaking Amish

Ink Master

Long Island Medium

Wife Swap

Two Broke Girls


NY Giants

New England Patriots

Tim Tebow

London 2012 Olympics

OKC (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Denver Broncos

San Francisco 49ers

Eli and Peyton Manning

Jeremy Lin

Los Angeles Clippers


TBH (to be honest)

YOLO (you only live once)


One-word Comment

Gangnam Style

Cinnamon Challenge


SMH (shake my head)

Big Bird


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