U.S. elections, Fort McMurray, Blue Jays top Facebook’s 2016 list of most shared Canadian topics

Every year, Facebook publishes its annual list of the most talked about moments, events and trends around the world.

This years most talked about trends among Canadians represent some of the highs and lows that we’ve seen in 2016. Among the most talked about events in Canada this past year are The U.S. elections, the Fort McMurray wildfire and the Blue Jays, which made the top 3. Also on the list are, unsurprisingly, Pokemon Go, Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip, Davie Bowie and Brexit.

Canada’s most talked-about events in 2016:

  1. US Elections
  2. Fort McMurray wildfire
  3. Blue Jays
  4. Pokemon Go
  5. Gord Downie & The Tragically Hip
  6. David Bowie
  7. Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential Elections
  8. Toronto Raptors
  9. Brexit
  10. Olympics

How this compares to the world’s most talked about topics is another discussion. While the U.S. election still topped the list in first place, it’s not the only thing Canadians have in common with the rest of the world.

Other shared topics include Pokemon Go, Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential Elections, Olympics, Brexit and David Bowie. 

The world’s most talked-about events in 2016:

  1. US Elections
  2. Brazilian Politics
  3. Pokemon Go
  4. Black Lives Matter
  5. Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential Elections
  6. Olympics
  7. Brexit
  8. Super Bowl
  9. David Bowie
  10. Muhammed Ali

In addition, Facebook also unveiled Facebook Live this past April, and included a top five list of the most watched Live videos in Canada along with this years roundup.

Top Canadian Facebook Live videos:

  1. Unstoppable Mother, Easiest way to teach your kids to tie their shoes demo
  2. Edgar Muenala, Pan flute and erhu performance
  3. Keena Chipasoose Half, South African firefighters arriving in Fort McMurray
  4. Nova Vision T.V., Arrival of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Toronto
  5. Justin Trudeau, Raising the Pride Flag on Parliament Hill for the first time in Canadian history

It’s here that Canadians seem to have very little in common with the rest of the world. Canada’s top five live videos don’t overlap with the results from the global majority at all.

Top global Facebook Live videos:

  1. Candace Payne, Chewbacca Mom
  2. Ted Yoder, Soundscapes
  3. Buzzfeed, Countdown to the next presidential election
  4. Atlanta Buzz, People are lining up to hug police officers in Dallas
  5. NBC News, Election results
  6. Under the Hood, Video of a truck completely carved out of wood
  7. Viral Thread, Population count from US to CA
  8. CNN, Election results on Empire State building
  9. Dena Blizzard, Pokemon Go for moms “Chardonnay Go”
  10. Super Deluxe, Election map

Facebook arrived at these results by measuring how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts made between January 1 and November 27th, 2016. The top 10 Live videos were determined by measuring total views.