Facebook Releases 2012 Year In Review, Allows Users To Follow Suit

With 2012 drawing to a close, Wednesday was year in review time at Facebook, as the social network released its 2012 Year in Review, as well as instructions for its users to create their own year in review posts.

Facebook said users can see their 20 biggest moments from 2012 — including life events, highlighted posts and your most popular stories — by going to Facebook.com/yearinreview.

The social network added in its announcement about the 2012 Year in Review:

We took the pulse of the global community on Facebook in 2012 to assemble a series of trend lists, chronicling the top events, the most popular public figures, the most listened-to songs on Facebook, and more. These lists are available on Facebook Stories at FacebookStories.com/2012.

Following are Facebook’s U.S. 2012 Year in Review lists:


  1. U.S. presidential election
  2. Super Bowl XLVI
  3. Death of Whitney Houston
  4. Superstorm Sandy
  5. London 2012 Olympics
  6. Death of Trayvon Martin
  7. Facebook IPO
  8. Aurora shootings
  9. Death of Dick Clark
  10. Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage


  1. We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monáe), Fun
  2. Somebody That I Used to Know” (featuring Kimbra), Gotye
  3. Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
  4. “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction
  5. Payphone,” Maroon 5
  6. “Mercy,” Kanye West
  7. Some Nights,” Fun
  8. “Home,” Phillip Phillips
  9. “Boyfriend,” Justin Bieber
  10. “Take Care” (featuring Rihanna), Drake


  1. The Hunger Games
  2. The Avengers
  3. Magic Mike
  4. The Vow
  5. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  6. 21 Jump Street
  7. The Dark Knight Rises
  8. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
  9. Skyfall
  10. Prometheus


  1. Times Square, New York
  2. Disneyland, California
  3. AT&T Park, California
  4. Yankee Stadium, New York
  5. Rangers Ballpark, Texas
  6. Fenway Park, Massachusetts
  7. Dodger Stadium, California
  8. Universal Studios, Florida
  9. Wrigley Field, Illinois
  10. Angel Stadium, California

Public Figures

  1. Barack Obama
  2. Mitt Romney
  3. One Direction
  4. Tim Tebow
  5. Eli Manning and Peyton Manning (tie)
  6. Madonna
  7. Honey Boo Boo
  8. Jeremy Lin
  9. Paul Ryan
  10. Phillip Phillips


  1. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1), Suzanne Collins
  2. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2), Suzanne Collins
  3. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3), Suzanne Collins
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1), E.L. James
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1), J.K. Rowling
  6. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  7. Twilight (Twilight, #1), Stephenie Meyer
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  9. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen


  1. Instagram
  2. Timeline
  3. Pinterest
  4. Draw Something
  5. iPhone 5
  6. Kindle Fire
  7. SOPA
  8. News feed
  9. Siri
  10. SongPop


  1. Barack Obama
  2. Mitt Romney
  3. Voted
  4. Four more years
  5. Paul Ryan
  6. Rick Santorum
  7. Gay marriage
  8. Obamacare
  9. The polls
  10. DNC


  1. “Duck Dynasty”
  2. “Honey Boo Boo”
  3. Big Bang Theory
  4. Game of Thrones
  5. “Downton Abbey”
  6. “Breaking Amish”
  7. “Ink Master”
  8. “Long Island Medium”
  9. “Wife Swap”
  10. Two Broke Girls


  1. New York Giants
  2. New England Patriots
  3. Tim Tebow
  4. London 2012 Olympics
  5. OKC (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  6. Denver Broncos
  7. San Francisco 49ers
  8. Eli and Peyton Manning
  9. Jeremy Lin
  10. Los Angeles Clippers


  1. TBH (to be honest)
  2. YOLO (you only live once)
  3. KONY
  4. One-word comment
  5. Gangnam Style
  6. Cinnamon Challenge
  7. Cray
  8. SMH (shake my head)
  9. Big Bird
  10. Linsanity

2012 calendar image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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