2014 As Told By Hashtags
The year is coming to a close and as it is customary for many sites to run a recap of the biggest events to happen in 2014, we thought we’d do ours, with a bit of a difference.
In this post we will be looking at 2014 as told by hashtags. These are the topics that were abuzz in Twitterverse throughout the year, you may have used some of these hashtags yourself.
The list is, of course, not exhaustive – we can only do so much in a single write-up – but we hope to have captured the gist of how 2014 was with these hashtags.
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February 7-23, 2014: The 2014 Winter Olympics began on February 6 in Sochi, Russia and eventually became the most expensive Olympics in history, with expenses amounting to US$51 billion. Controversies and problems riddled the event as documented by athletes and members of the press under the hashtag #SochiProblems and #SochiStrays.
Hey @SochiProblems do I get a little credit for solving one? https://t.co/gyKi1gORXA pic.twitter.com/r7tXzBtE2z
— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) February 7, 2014
Wolf in my hall?!? #SochiProblems #SochiFail https://t.co/ZMqZFC40jp
— Kate Hansen (@k8ertotz) February 20, 2014
March 3, 2014: This year, the Oscars broke Twitter with an epic selfie.
If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
The host, Ellen DeGeneres, who made the selfie happened, also ordered pizza to be delivered, and tipped the pizza delivery guy quite generously. On the red carpet, Benedict Cumberbatch photobombed U2.
#Oscars PHOTO: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch jumps behind U2 (REUTERS/Mike Blake) pic.twitter.com/kXCei8UoGt
— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) March 3, 2014
March 8, 2014: Even as we are entering 2015, there is still no word about the fate of flight MH370, except that authorities are still searching for it. While bound for Beijing, China from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with more than 200 passengers and crew members on board, the plane disappeared without a trace, sparking an unprecedented massive multinational effort to find the plane.
These are MH370's crew boarding to Beijing last Saturday night. May they return home safely. #PrayForMH370 pic.twitter.com/YAJBYMQtb4
— Tunku Iman Mukhlis (@imanmukhlis) March 9, 2014
Dear flight #MH370, we here always waiting you. Please come back safely. #PrayForMH370
— azlym (@azlymination) March 9, 2014
#mh470 World's first 16 ctries' 13 warships, 300yds apart 20knts, searching every inch of big ocean till it's found pic.twitter.com/J97X15miUe
— Edphi (@sgify) March 11, 2014
March 25, 2014: It was announced that there was an outbreak of Ebola, a rare but deadly virus, with cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone. However, it was only on September 30 that #Ebola started trending when Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed in the United States. To date, 17, 145 cases have been reported and 6, 070 people have died of the disease, the largest Ebola epidemic so far.
Nigeria is Ebola-free: Here's what they did right https://t.co/J8wgnV1KDA pic.twitter.com/zksNDsN9rv
— TIME.com (@TIME) October 20, 2014
Ebola, The Global Perspective pic.twitter.com/3Vx7761aeu
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) October 7, 2014
Obama hugs Nina Pham, nurse who is now Ebola-free https://t.co/LtJ2czH7Gp pic.twitter.com/yaqij3xpl6
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 24, 2014
April 15, 2014: 276 girls were kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Borno at Nigeria. The Twitter hashtag campaign was to pressure authorities into taking swift action against the terrorists and to bring the girls back to safety.
Yes #BringBackOurDaughters #BringBackOurGirls declared by @obyezeks and all people at Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014.
— Ibrahim M. Abdullahi (@Abu_Aaid) April 23, 2014
First started by Ibrahim M. Abdullahi, the hashtag eventually snowballed as various individuals in Nigeria began to pick it up as a way to inform the world about the plight of the girls. Advocaters for the hashtag include Malala Yosafzai, Hilary Clinton, and Michelle Obama.
Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. -mo pic.twitter.com/glDKDotJRt
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) May 7, 2014
#Malala stands in solidarity with Nigerians & people around the world calling for action to #BringBackOurGirls pic.twitter.com/VbnRePSDhd
— Malala Fund (@MalalaFund) May 3, 2014
April 16, 2014: En route from Incheon to Jeju, a South Korean ferry with 476 passengers, most school students, capsized and sunk. Only 174 were rescued. To date, 295 bodies have been recovered, with 7 still missing. The tragedy prompted national outcry for the captain of the ferry to be prosecuted, for deserting the ship. In November, it was reported that he escaped the death penalty and was sentenced to a 36-year sentence for willful negligence.
Many post-it messages displayed at the entrance of #Sewol memorial service area. #PrayForSouthKorea pic.twitter.com/jagySEVJn9
— Jaehwan Cho 조재환 (@hohocho) April 23, 2014
“@SeoulSync: High school classroom of ferry victims.Incredibly heartbreaking. #Sewol #PrayForSouthKorea pic.twitter.com/5iWjPor2vl“
— 시모나 ♥ (@Simo_4M) April 29, 2014
RT @/Pray4SouthKorea: "Student's last message stirs uproar over rescue operation" #PrayForSouthKorea #Sewol #Ferry pic.twitter.com/VnfYttx7ac
— JollyBee89 (@89_JollyBee) April 29, 2014
May 23, 2014: Elliot Rodger, 22 killed 6 people and injured 13 others on a killing spree near University of California, Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, California. He also shot himself. His motivation for his actions came to light in a series of Youtube videos detailing his hatred for women for scorning him and for men who stood in his way. This prompted women to share their stories of harrassment, sexual assault, and fear online through the hashtag #YesAllWomen. It sparked further debate when men responded with the hashtag #NotAllMen.
#yesallwomen because apparently the clothes I wear is a more valid form of consent than the words I say
— Ryuk (@ghirah1m) May 26, 2014
#YesAllWomen know it's #NotAllMen but when you don't speak up about sexism and violence against women your silence condones it.
— Julie (@julieklippnich) May 26, 2014
RT: #YesAllWomen Because so many men say "#NotAllMen do that" but almost NEVER say, "Hey, man, don't do that!"
— Jean Johnson (@JeanJAuthor) May 26, 2014
May 28, 2014: Celebrated author and poet Maya Angelou passed away peacefully at home. Best known for her book "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings", Angelou was widely regarded as an outspoken and prominent voice for black people and women. Many took to Twitter to pay their respects.
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." #RIP Maya Angelou pic.twitter.com/Yb1F7TaLDn
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) May 28, 2014
"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou – who was utterly amazing.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 28, 2014
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." —Maya Angelou pic.twitter.com/oR11k7rwxk
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 28, 2014
June 12-July 13, 2014: The 20th FIFA World Cup in Brazil was another major sports event of the year, which saw riots and protests over corruption and ballooning costs for delayed construction of facilities. During the games, Twitter was abuzz with US goalkeeper Tim Howard’s amazing 16 saves, Luis Suarez’s bite, Brazil’s terrible performance on home soil and Germany meeting Argentina for the finals, both waiting to bring home the Cup.
Hey @luis16suarez. Next time you're hungry just grab a Snickers. #worldcup #luissuarez #EatASNICKERS pic.twitter.com/3RAO537HjW
— SNICKERS® (@SNICKERS) June 24, 2014
— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) July 8, 2014
"Stop! Stop he's already dead!" #WorldCup2014 #BrazilvsGermany pic.twitter.com/C0kG0pLPRb
— SimpsonsQOTD (@SimpsonsQOTD) July 8, 2014
In the end, the Germans emerged victorious as this celebratory selfie shows:
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) July 13, 2014
July 7, 2014: The relationship between Israel and Gaza has always been rocky but this year, conflict erupted when Israel retaliated with Operation Protective Edge when Hamas launched rockets at them. Since then, social networks has been rife with pictures of casualties and death, articles detailing the conflict, and declarations of solidarity on both sides.
This is in my area. I can't stop crying. I might die tonight #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #ICC4Israel #AJAGAZA pic.twitter.com/DdDBIO7Q4B
— Guess What (@Farah_Gazan) July 28, 2014
Anti-Israeli and pro-Palestenian protests go global #GazaUnderAttack #ICC4Israel pic.twitter.com/hoSiRunV3j
— Layan.Baker (@LayanBaker) August 10, 2014
"1043 soul candles: 1000 #palestinians 43 #Israelis their death is our failure" peace demo in #TelAviv #Gaza #c4news pic.twitter.com/CcbplbXgdc
— Thom Walker (@thompwalker) July 26, 2014
July 14, 2014: The Ice Bucket Challenge dominated social feeds for weeks as celebrity after celebrity dunked themselves with ice water in an effort to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a disease which affects neuro cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to paralysis. By the end of August, the challenge helped raise $100 million for research.
July 17, 2014: It’s a tough year for Malaysia’s national carrier. Around 4 months after the MH370 tragedy, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was reportedly shot down from the air while flying over the Ukraine-Russia border. All 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board perished in the crash. Retrieval of the passengers’ bodies were hampered by the conflict happening in the area but eventually the bodies were identified and sent home for burial. To date, 6 bodies remained unidentified.
"If it disappears, this is what it looks like": #MH17 passenger's chilling Facebook message https://t.co/dv710fAQ0a pic.twitter.com/HxmFMHnSnS
— Nikhil Bhardwaj (@nibhar) July 17, 2014
Now at the #Dutch embassy in #Kiev. Ukrainians showing their support. Thank you. #mh17 #ukraine pic.twitter.com/r5RfteE0So
— Christian Vermont (@FollowChris) July 17, 2014
1 plane still missing. 1 plane crashed. Very challenging and tough year for MAS, Malaysia and Malaysians
— Typical Malaysian (@TypicalMsian) July 17, 2014
August 11, 2014: The world grieved when news about Robin Williams, beloved actor and comedian, being found dead in his home hit the air. Widely known for his iconic movie roles and his comedic genius, tributes poured all over Twitter as fans paid their respect to Williams via the hashtag #RIPRobinWilliams. The tragic circumstances surrounding William’s death ignited talk and discussions about depression and suicide.
He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2014
August 12, 2014: Protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9 is still ongoing today. Many on Twitter called for justice for Brown who died after being shot by police officer, Darren Wilson, on top of highlighting the issue of how black people are racially profiled and treated with suspicion automatically. #IfTheyGunnedMeDown carried photos of themselves and asked the question of how the media would use their photos to profile them.
If you died, which picture would the media use? #IfTheyGunnedMeDown #MikeBrown https://t.co/lJMM9a0owk pic.twitter.com/YYxIbPB0xA
— The Root (@TheRoot) August 11, 2014
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown they'd say i was a thug pic.twitter.com/JsLxga0uwv
— Dev (@DevinDinero) August 11, 2014
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown what young black girl would they see pic.twitter.com/NWx9MYfHOs
— Brie Nurse (@BriannaChevonne) August 11, 2014
Protests took a turn for the worse when the police force decided to confront the protestors instead of investigating Wilson. The media were not spared either when they were arrested for doing their job.
By the end of November, the verdict came in: Wilson walks. This prompted uproar and fueled more protests which now include the deaths of Tamir Rice and Eric Garner.
"#Ferguson is Everywhere" sign at #EricGarner protest in Oakland pic.twitter.com/mS8DYZqNBQ
— Vivian Ho (@VivianHo) December 4, 2014
Over a hundred New York City #EricGarner protesters silently perform chokehold pose in protest. pic.twitter.com/zCkejmKlMa
— Patrick deHahn (@patrickdehahn) December 7, 2014
September 4, 2014: After complications from a throat proccedure, comedienne Joan Rivers passed away at age 81. Known for her sharp tongue and humor, Rivers was never one to hold back on her comments or her self-deprecating jokes. Her death was another blow to the comedy industry.
"I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking." -Joan Rivers #RIPJoanRivers pic.twitter.com/1nKSVnENKD
— Elite Daily (@EliteDaily) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) September 4, 2014
Only Joan Rivers would plan a funeral like this pic.twitter.com/4ZePQ6HuSI
— Trish! (@Trish_a_licious) September 5, 2014
September 19, 2014: The iPhone decided to grow big with the introduction of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus but within days of its launch, #iPhone6 was soon replaced by #Bendgate. Horror stories about the slim and large phone bending in pockets began to surface and the competition decided to jumped in on the action with their own jokes about bending and flexing phones.
Bend it like Beckham! #BendGate #iPhone6 @DavidBeckhamWeb pic.twitter.com/PHYzdEBYlQ
— Robin Israelson (@grapoluponape) September 24, 2014
#bendgate LEAKED: new iPhone Dali Edition! pic.twitter.com/0aOi9bteOX
— Phone Designer (@PhoneDesigner) September 24, 2014
Our phone doesn't bend, it flexes…on purpose. #bendgate pic.twitter.com/d1DudxDQgf
— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) September 24, 2014
September 26, 2014: Starting out as #OccupyCentral, the protest was to call for China to give the people of Hong Kong their right to elect and vote for their own leader. University students and their peers took to the streets prompting news, discussions and footage of their conduct. The protests became violent when police shot rubber bullets and tear gas at the protestors prompting them to shield themselves with umbrellas, bringing about the #UmbrellaRevolution.
New day begins in Hong Kong with protesters still defying police. The Umbrella Revolution? https://t.co/6GGEn1UHPc pic.twitter.com/Quz9ppxjmh
— Philip P. Pan (@panphil) September 29, 2014
Relax, it's just my umbrella #UmbrellaRevolution #UmbrellaMovement #hongkong #OccupyHongKong @hkdemonow pic.twitter.com/282yQFjzVm
— leungfaye (@leungfaye) September 29, 2014
Watch Hong Kong police beat back protesters as students launch the latest round of demonstrations. https://t.co/8wn3DjnDr2 #OccupyHK
— Deborah Kan (@debkhk) December 1, 2014
[Update: This post was originally released on Dec 11, 2014. The following are incidences that occur after that date.]
December 16, 2014: A lone gunman took 18 people hostage in a cafe in Martin Place, Sydney, Australia, in an intense 16-hour standoff. The incident left two hostages dead (the cafe manager was one) and a few others injured. The gunman was shot dead. The site of the crisis later on became a field of flowers as people paid their tributes to the victims. Many also reflected on why the gunman, who had been charged with 40 counts of battery against women, was out on bail when he decided to terrorize the city.
The moment a Muslim bride interrupted her wedding day to pay tribute to #sydneysiege victims https://t.co/jsiGpes7ym pic.twitter.com/ROkeT6ao3A
— The Independent (@Independent) December 23, 2014
Maybe if we took violence against women seriously this guy would have already been in jail. #sydneysiege
— Captain Turtle (@Captainturtle) December 15, 2014
December 28, 2014: #AirAsia Indonesia #QZ8501 bound for Singapore from Surabaya lost contact with the control tower 50 minutes into the 5.30am flight. The manifest listed 155 passengers and 7 crew on board the Airbus A320-216; the majority were Indonesians. The pilot had requested a change in flying altitude to avoid bad weather, before losing contact. While a search-and-rescue operation is already initiated, authorities believe that the jet is "at the bottom of the sea".
QZ8501: Family members wait for updates #AirAsia https://t.co/mYrYqDTTjL pic.twitter.com/qetuR0JDbG
— New Straits Times (@NST_Online) December 29, 2014
QZ8501: Plane likely at bottom of sea: Search chief https://t.co/TqGRSVxlmo #AirAsia pic.twitter.com/XZY0o7r4xP
— New Straits Times (@NST_Online) December 29, 2014