It’s the time of year for reflection and celebration, and some of the biggest names in social and entertainment have been putting together their end of year video reviews. Human tragedy dominated much of the social conversation this year, but thankfully there were also some stories of triumph and, of course, #TheDress.
Each year Facebook creates a “Year in Review” video to look back on the most talked about events on the social network. This year Facebook pays tribute to the deadly attacks that took place in Paris as well as remembering the famous figures who passed away during the year, such as blues legend B.B. King and the Father of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, the country’s first and longest-serving prime minister. It’s hard to miss the somber tone of this year's video, but they still manage to touch on some of the lighter moments of the year, from the never-ending debate over whether #TheDress was white, gold, blue or black to the memes of Chris Pratt, dinosaur wrangler extraordinaire in Jurassic World.
Facebook created this years video by analysing the years top posts, by measuring how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts between Jan 1st and Dec 1st, 2015. The posts were analyzed and then ranked to create a snapshot of the year.
Twitter's 2015 Year in Review film, created in partnership with Getty Images, also has a more somber note, reminding us of all the terrible things that have happened around the world this year. Twitter’s video covers Paris, Charlie Hebdo and drowning migrants, making you wonder what kind of awful world we live in. Thankfully Twitter also shows us there is hope (and trivia), to celebrate too, such as marriage equality and yet again #TheDress.
The Google A Year in Search site, which was created by Google News Lab, also features the most explored news items, people, politicians, music acts, sports events and TV shows.
Internationally, the some of the most searched for global news events were Charlie Hebdo, Hurricane Patricia, Isis and the cricket World Cup. Jurassic World was our most Googled movie and Big Brother Brazil was the most searched for TV show.
Google are more than just search engines, Chrome and Gmail. Of course these are a big part of Google, but Google is behind so many of the most used products, apps, and companies that people engage with on a daily basis.Through funding they provide help to brands through Google Ventures, Google’s investment firm that was established in 2009. Google Ventures have shared their year in review, showcasing the popular brands and companies funded through the firm.
YouTube have gone with a brighter, more generation-y take on the year, showcasing its biggest stars, music numbers and celebrities.
YouTube has been doing year-end "Rewind" videos since 2010 but 2015 is also the year that YouTube turned 10, meaning even more celebrities and cameos than ever before. YouTube released the video along with their new "Trending" tab announcement. The new feature will make it easier to find the most trending videos, by using an algorithm that analyses comments, views, and locations.
HBO has recapped some of its best moments throughout the year, it’s been a solid year for the network, including 43 Emmy wins. HBO has been the most celebrated network of 2015 and it plans to continue the same work going into 2016 and beyond. And as a little treat to those finding it hard to wait 4 more months, towards the end of the video are three scenes from the upcoming sixth season of "Game of Thrones".