Facebook Unveils 2013 Year in Review

13 Dec

Similar to what it did in 2012, Facebook has conducted a comprehensive review of its massive user-base, asking data and trend analysts to gather specific information on what the hottest topics among its users are, what exciting public (or personal) events are being attended to, and the locations where people are most likely to click the widely popular “check in” button. In Taiwan, where Facebook’s user penetration rate is reportedly higher than that of any other Asian markets (according to the data collected by Taipei Times), the most popular check-in sites are revealed to be Tainan’s Flowers Night Market and Kaoshung’s Kaisyuan Shopping District.Looking at the area of general interests, Facebook users on average tend to show the most concern for the changes in their friends’ personal interests, hobbies, and romantic relations.

Below is a varied collection of some of the more intriguing top-ten lists that were compiled using the social network’s database. The categories range from the life events Facebook users deem the most important to subjects that are being widely discussed around the world.

Facebook top life events 2013

Top Life Events in 2013 (World)

  1. Falling in love, getting engaged, or getting married
  2. Travelling to different places
  3. Moving, re-allocating
  4. Becoming single
  5. Meeting a new friend
  6. Gaining a new family member, becoming pregnant, conceiving a child
  7. Getting a new pet
  8. Losing a loved one
  9. Getting piercings
  10. Ridding bad habits

Top Life Events in 2013 (Taiwan)

  1. Falling in love, getting engaged, or getting married
  2. Travelling to different places
  3. Moving, re-allocating
  4. Meeting a new friend
  5. Becoming single
  6. Getting a new pet
  7. Receiving an honorary reward
  8. Losing a loved one
  9. Developing new interests
  10. Losing weight


Most Talked about Topics in 2013 (worldwide)

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

Most Talked About Topics in 2013 (U.S.)

  1. Super Bowl
  2. Government Shutdown
Boston Marathon
  4. Syria Crisis
Harlem Shake
  6. Pope Francis
  7. George Zimmerman
  8. Royal Baby
  9. Nelson Mandela
  10. Presidential Inauguration

Most Talked about Topics in 2013 (UK)

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

Most Talked about Topics in 2013 (Singapore)

  1. F1
  2. Election
  3. National Day
  4. Punggol
  5. Great Singapore Sale
  6. Singapore Night Festival
  7. World Gourmet Summit
  8. Writer’s Festival
  9. Fide Fashion Weeks
  10. Biennial Opening

Most Talked about Topics in 2013 (Hong Kong)

  1. Typhoon
  2. CY Leung
  3. Paul Chan
  4. Triumph in the Skies
  5. Raymond Chan
  6. Hong Kong Marathon
  7. Annita Mui
  8. Anthony Wong
  9. Animal Abuse
  10. Denise Ho


Most Popular Check-in Locations (by Country)

  • South Korea: Myeong-dong Street (Seoul)
  • Japan: Disneyland (Tokyo)
  • Taiwan: Tainan Flowers Night Market
  • Hong Kong: Disneyland (Hong Kong)
  • Singapore: Marina Bay Sands
  • India: Harmandir Sahib (Golden temple)
  • Australia: Melbourne Cricket Club (Victoria, East Melbourne)
  • US: Disneyland (Anaheim, CA)
  • Canada: Roger’s Arena (Vancouver)
  • Britain: The O2 (London, UK)
  • Spain: La Ramblas Street (Barcelona, Spain)
  • France: Disneyland (Marne La Vallee)
  • Germany: Reeperbahn (Hamburg)
  • Sweden: Friends Arena (Solna)
  • Poland: Temat Rzeka (Warsaw)
  • Iceland: Blue Lagoon (Reykjavik)
  • Italy: Piazza San Marco (Venice)
  • Russia: Park Gorkovo (Moscow)
  • Mexico: Auditorio Nacional (Mexico City)
  • Argentina: Puerto Madero (Buenos Aires)
  • South Africa: Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (Cape Town)
  • Brazil: Parque Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo)
  • Nigeria: Ikeja City Mall (Lagos)
  • Egypt: Sharm El Sheikh (South Sinai)

Sharm el Sheikh (picture credit: Tinaleung032)


Marina Bay Sands (picture credit: someformofhuman)

The Most Popular Check-in Locations/Sites in Taiwan

Check in sites Taiwan ranking Global Ranking
Flowers Night Market 1 12
Luo Dong Night Market 2 25
Fung Jia Night Market 3 26
Danshui Old Street 4 27
Dream Mall 5 42
Keelong MiaoKao Night Market 6 45
Zhu San Zi Nan Temple 7 48
Kaohsiung Singsing District 8 49
Big City Yuandong Shopping Mall 9 67
Xingyi VieShow Theater 10 72
Tainan Ambassador Theater 11 91
Shilin Night Market 12 92
Kengting Street (Night Market) 13 111
Tainan Old Street 14 116
Kaohsiung Vieshow Theater 15 129
TOP CITY Department store (Taichung) 16 148
Venice Cinema 17 150
Costco (Taichung) 18 181
Kaoshiung Kaisyuan Night Market 19 188
Jiufen 20 191