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Here Are The Biggest Moments On Twitter From 2015

It's been an important 12 months, in 140 characters or less.

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On Monday, Twitter announced its top social media moments for the entire year.

According to Twitter, employees selected these current events based on their "level of influence."

"Various factors were considered, including volume of conversation, global resonance, and impact," Twitter said.

1. #JeSuisParis

After the series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, the hashtags #PrayForParis and other related sentiments quickly became the top trending topics around the world.
Twitter: @jean_jullien / Via Twitter: @jean_jullien

After the series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, the hashtags #PrayForParis and other related sentiments quickly became the top trending topics around the world.

2. #BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter started as a hashtag and has since gone on to represent an entire social movement around racial equality. According to Twitter, the hashtag was tweeted out 9 million times in 2015.
Twitter: @marclamonthill / Via Twitter: @marclamonthill

#BlackLivesMatter started as a hashtag and has since gone on to represent an entire social movement around racial equality. According to Twitter, the hashtag was tweeted out 9 million times in 2015.

3. #MarriageEquality

When the Supreme Court voted in favor of nationwide marriage equality for LGBT couples in the U.S. on June 26, people on Twitter used hashtags like #MarriageEquality and #LoveWins to celebrate.
Twitter: @TheEllenShow / Via Twitter: @TheEllenShow

When the Supreme Court voted in favor of nationwide marriage equality for LGBT couples in the U.S. on June 26, people on Twitter used hashtags like #MarriageEquality and #LoveWins to celebrate.

4. #RefugeesWelcome

Thousands of refugees from the Middle East and Africa have sought asylum in Europe this year. Twitter users have been tweeting the hashtag #RefugeesWelcome to call on European countries to make this a reality.
Twitter: @jk_rowling / Via Twitter: @jk_rowling

Thousands of refugees from the Middle East and Africa have sought asylum in Europe this year. Twitter users have been tweeting the hashtag #RefugeesWelcome to call on European countries to make this a reality.

5. #IStandWithAhmed

Also in September, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohammed was detained and handcuffed at his Texas school for bringing in a homemade digital clock because people thought it was a bomb. A photo of him in handcuffs went viral, as did the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed in support of him.
Twitter: @POTUS / Via Twitter: @POTUS

Also in September, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohammed was detained and handcuffed at his Texas school for bringing in a homemade digital clock because people thought it was a bomb. A photo of him in handcuffs went viral, as did the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed in support of him.

6. National elections

This year, there were national elections in countries like Argentina, Canada, Singapore, India, and the U.K. that dominated Twitter conversations.
Twitter: @JustinTrudeau / Via Twitter: @JustinTrudeau

This year, there were national elections in countries like Argentina, Canada, Singapore, India, and the U.K. that dominated Twitter conversations.

7. #FIFAWWC

Over the summer, tweets about the #FIFAWWC — the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada — were viewed 9 billion times from June 6 to July 5. This made it one of the largest global sporting events in 2015.
Twitter: @meghankling / Via Twitter: @meghankling

Over the summer, tweets about the #FIFAWWC — the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada — were viewed 9 billion times from June 6 to July 5. This made it one of the largest global sporting events in 2015.

8. #PlutoFlyby

On July 14, a NASA spacecraft came within 7,750 miles of Pluto’s surface and took some detailed photos. There were over 1 million tweets about the subject.
Twitter: @NASANewHorizons / Via Twitter: @NASANewHorizons

On July 14, a NASA spacecraft came within 7,750 miles of Pluto’s surface and took some detailed photos. There were over 1 million tweets about the subject.

9. #TheDress

Last February, the internet nearly combusted because a photo of a dress. Millions of people around the world could not agree on its color: #BlueAndBlack or #WhiteAndGold.
Twitter: @mindykaling / Via Twitter: @mindykaling

Last February, the internet nearly combusted because a photo of a dress. Millions of people around the world could not agree on its color: #BlueAndBlack or #WhiteAndGold.

10. Caitlyn Jenner joining Twitter

Caitlyn Jenner joined Twitter in June and within four hours she had more than 1 million followers. This set a Guinness World Record, previously held by President Obama, for earning that many followers in such a short amount of time.
Twitter: @Caitlyn_Jenner / Via Twitter: @Caitlyn_Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner joined Twitter in June and within four hours she had more than 1 million followers. This set a Guinness World Record, previously held by President Obama, for earning that many followers in such a short amount of time.

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