Are you in shock that it’s 2015 already? It seems like 2015 is going to be a great year for social media and content. Although they say looking back is not a good thing, when it comes to Twitter, looking back can be a wonderful experience. They’ve created a custom domain just for the 2014 tweet moments of history that occurred last year. So, let’s sit back, enjoy some coffee or tea, and take a look back at 2014 at some of the best and most powerful hashtag moments.
Ready? Here Are The 35 Best Hashtag Moments
They range from silly ones like #RoyalTweets to remembering some wonderful people we lost such as Robin Williams. The 2014 hashtags also saw an incredible turn towards moving discussion around various social issues, and many things such as protests around the world, may have been overlooked had it not been for the social site. Let’s take a look at some of these hilarious, sobering, and amazing hashtags from 2014. (Review all 2014 hashtag moments on the collection from Twitter.)
- #FirstTweet. You might think that everyone should already be on Twitter by now, but 2014 saw several new faces. All tweeted out their first tweet, complete with the accompanying hashtag. The Twitter newbies ranged from news sources and businesses to fans of Iron Man and Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.
- #Marvel. 2014 sure was the Year of Marvel. Throughout 2014, the studio released film name after film name and made major waves in the comic and film industry. You can expect a huge lineup of amazing superhero movies in the next few years, including Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange, which just so happens to be starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role.
- #NewYearsEve. This hashtag is self-explanatory, but it was a popular one nonetheless. Tweets ranged from showing pictures around the world, Times Square, or people talking about their wild night in with Netflix, a mug of tea, and their cats.
- #GoldenGlobes. One American pastime is watching different sports; another is watching tons of award shows. When award season comes, the trends start rolling out. Last year, thousands of people took to live-tweeting the Golden Globes giving their opinions or making snarky remarks throughout the show. Snarky retorts are the lifeblood of the Internet!
- #RIPPhillipSeymourHoffman. While 2014 was a great year for many, it came with its fair share of sad news, one being the death of the beloved actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. It was a sad day for many, and people took to Twitter to remember the Capote actor and all of his amazing successes.
- #SuperBowl. I featured an awards show, so naturally I am going to feature sports for you sports lovers out there! Football is one of America’s favorites, and the Super Bowl brings everyone together (even non-football fans) for great laughs, amazing football food, and of course those hilarious (or powerful) commercials.
- #Sochi2014. Does it feel like Sochi happened last year? My, how time has flown by! In 2014, we were privy to the various disasters and puppy adoptions of Sochi as well as Olympians showing us what they are made of. It was a great time for Twitter, and of course, how can anyone forget that ring not opening?
- #ALSIceBucketChallenge. It seems impossible that anyone could forget this trend just yet! The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took over our social channels for weeks, and provided those of us in hot summer climates the chance to cool off for a cause. People dumped ice water all over themselves to raise money and awareness for the ALS Foundation, which became quite successful for the foundation. Even Stephen Hawking participated in the event!
- #DoctorWho. Series 8 of the 50-year-old show began in 2014 with a new face as the Doctor. It was met with a blend of excitement and criticism, but the one thing we can all tell for sure is that Doctor Who is still strongly winding through the Time Vortex to our televisions.
- #Oscars. I’m not sure there is any way we can forget the Oscars of 2014 all because of Ellen’s awesome selfie that broke Twitter records. Not only did the Oscars have the selfie moment with Ellen, but also Benedict Cumberbatch’s epic photo-bomb of U2.
- #BringBackOurGirls. Earlier in 2014, the world received the horrible and sad news of the kidnapping of over a hundred girls ages 15 to 18 in Nigeria. A group called Boko Haram, which means, “Western education is a sin,” was behind the kidnapping and subsequent murdering of school officials. People all over the world reacted negatively to the news, and the campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls” began.
- #BlackLivesMatter. 2014 had its ups and downs, but it also was a big year for major social issues. One issue is that of white cops killing black individuals and never receiving an indictment. The Black Lives Matter trend began after the police officer that shot Michael Brown was not indicted. The trend gained strength when the cop, who killed Eric Garner by placing him in a chokehold, was also not indicted. The trend is still going strong into 2015.
- #YesAllWomen. Another social issue hashtag is that of Yes All Women. The hashtag was in response to the Santa Barbara shootings and the manifesto left behind by the shooter. Women grouped together on Twitter and shared their stories of sexual harassment, abuse, and rape as well as other problems they have faced due to being female.
- #RIPMayaAngelou. The world of literature lost a bright spot when Maya Angelou passed away. Amongst everyone mourning her loss, we were all treated to quotes from her poems, stories about her triumphs and reminders of the impact she left on the world. While it was a sad time for us all, the #RIPMayaAngelou was a great chance to celebrate the life of one of the greats.
- #WorldCup. 2014 also saw the World Cup come back around, with people cheering for their teams. One of the first things everyone was quick to point out was that there weren’t any annoying noisemakers this time around! We got to watch as team after team won, and watched as Germany incredibly decimated opponents, including Argentina, which led to the team winning the 2014 World Cup.
- #MH370. A popular news item from 2014 was the strange, and sad, disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370. No one knew what had happened, and even though there were many reports, it began to dawn on everyone that we might not ever find the plane or know what caused its disappearance. This led to questions, and, of course, several references to LOST.
- #RIPRobinWilliams. We saw the too-soon death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and felt the harsh sadness of Maya Angelou, but none of us expected to hear the news of Robin Williams. It still brings tears to many eyes. We lost a great treasure in 2014, yet with his death came the incredible moments of people sharing their stories of depression and seeking help for suicidal thoughts. Amongst the main tweets mourning his loss came tweets with numbers to call if a person is feeling suicidal and many offering to talk to those in need of an ear to hear them.
- #HeforShe. While we saw a few emotional moments of social issues trending on Twitter, we also got to see our favorite Hogwarts student stand up for women’s rights and gender equality across the globe. Hermione Granger, or rather, Emma Watson, stood before the United Nations making a speech about her new initiative called He for She, and people began flooding social media with posts supporting her goal.
- #MarsOrbiter. The Curiosity Rover is still on Mars, but it wasn’t alone for very long. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any Martians, but the Indian Mars Orbiter decided to swing by for a little visit and chat. People took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian space team, but also to instantly follow the new Twitter account for the Orbiter. Much like Curiosity, the Orbiter tweets about where it is, what it is doing, and people even get to see great photographs of the red planet.
- #UmbrellaRevolution. Hong Kong saw strong protests when protestors began accusing China of reneging on their agreement for open voting in 2017. It was dubbed the Umbrella Revolution, and produced several stunning and moving images.
- #RoyalTweets. Many members of Britain’s royal family tweeted throughout 2014, including the Queen herself. People were very excited about this, and many even crafted some of what they thought they royal family would actually tweet.
- #MalalaYousafzai. There is no denying, Malala Yousafzai is an incredible force in the movement for women to receive education around the world. She came into the spotlight for defying orders to not return to school, getting shot in the head by the Taliban. She has since written a book. Malala is also now the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize and is an incredible role model for many young people.
- #WorldSeries. Football might be the sport many Americans pay attention to, but the real sport of America (depending on who you ask) is baseball. This year saw the World Series yet again, but with a possible twist. It may have been an I-70 game between Kansas City and St. Louis. That didn’t happen, but the World Series was still highly tweeted and talked about.
- #Voted. In an attempt to get more young people to vote, Twitter and other social sites reached out, encouraging everyone to vote in the USA’s November elections. All across Twitter, you were greeted with many people saying they #voted, and it quickly became the trend many wanted it to be.
- #ISS. NASA made sure that space still ranked high for many people by encouraging their astronauts, and other nations on the International Space Station to tweet. Followers of NASA and other astronauts were treated to gorgeous photos from space, and some funny stories as well.
- #BerlinWall. Talk about an amazing anniversary – 2014 saw the 25th year since the Berlin Wall came down, uniting Germany. There were tweets galore from the wall, as well as many different history lessons for those who weren’t alive yet or too young to remember. What an incredible moment in time!
- #CometLanding. Just when we think we’ve done all we can in Space, we get something new and exciting. In 2014, we landed a probe on a comet for the first time in history. We were able to hear it “singing” and received absolutely stunning images back here on Earth.
- #Carnaval. This is an amazing festival that takes place in Brazil between Easter and Ash Wednesday. It is a celebration that has been adapted into Lent, and is something that everyone should experience.
- #TweetLikeJadenSmith. Ah yes, the funny hashtags! One of these happened to be the trend to #TweetLikeJadenSmith. Jaden is the son of Will Smith, and he quite frequently posts some odd tweets that have been implemented by Buzzfeed into clever Garfield cartoons. However, in 2014, everyone who decided to tweet like him used this hashtag, and the results were hilarious.
- #LeBroning. Sometimes, all a trend needs is a photo and before you know it, it is taking over the world. (If only the Brain realized that as he attempted to take over the world.) Mr. LeBron injured himself on the basketball court in 2014, and instantly people started duplicating his pose and tagging it #LeBroning.
- #DragonAgeInquisition. Dragon Age: Inquisition took the gaming world over by storm, and no one could hold back from tweeting about it. People tweeted about the detail allowed for character creation, the stunning scenery and imagery throughout the game, and some of the funnier moments spread throughout.
- #GameofThrones. Not much of a shocker, is it? This season of Game of Thrones saw several major deaths (as always), a lot of quotable moments from Cersei, and even a spoiler for book readers.
- #AlexfromTarget. This is one of the stranger trends on Twitter and all circled around a teenage kid named Alex, who worked at Target. That’s really all there is to the sensation that was Alex from Target.
- #EuroMaidan. Another wave of protests that 2014 saw happened to be what is dubbed the Euromaidan. Hundreds of Ukrainian protesters flooded Independence Square calling for a closer integration with Europe and many wanting the president to be fired.
- #Frozen. While the film came out in 2013, Frozen dominated social media throughout all of 2014, including references to Let it Go, building snowmen, and everything else Frozen related. In fact, ABC’s Once Upon a Time got Frozen fever, as well.
As you can see, 2014 was an incredible year for social issues being voiced, as well as hilarious moments joining people together. No matter the trend, Twitter is proving to be a powerful source for everyone. Let’s see what 2015 has in store for trends and hashtag moments!
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