It's been quite a year for all of us. It was great in many ways: an Olympic year, the year the most famous selfie ever was taken, the World Cup happened. One Direction took the world by storm, releasing their fourth album in their four-year career. Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL. Leonardo DiCaprio maintained his always-a-bridesmaid-never-a-bride status, managing to go another year without nabbing an Oscar. Taylor Swift, already a star, catapulted herself to superstardom and became the first artist to have three albums sell a million or more copies in a week when she released her pop crossover album "1989." After a 20-season career in New York, Derek Jeter had his last at bat with the Yankees.
But the world also endured in 2014. We lost some greats: Philip Seymour Hoffman to drugs, Robin Williams to suicide. Comedienne Joan Rivers passed away in September. Journalist Jim Foley, and many others, were taken from us by ISIS. Flight MH370, an airliner that departed Kuala Lumpur and was destined for Beijing, disappeared over the Indian Ocean leaving families and the international community stunned and confused. The Ray Rice scandal rocked the nation when TMZ released a video of the NFL star knocking out his then-fiancé in an elevator in Atlantic City. "Ferguson" became synonymous with civil unrest and racial tension when a white policeman shot an unarmed black teenager in August. The issue of rape came to the forefront of America's attention when almost two dozen women publicly accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, and again when an explosive article by Rolling Stone about a gang rape at the University of Virginia turned into a jumbled mess.
And all of this played out on social media. Here is 2014 on Twitter:
The Year on Twitter: News
The year on Twitter
A #polarvortex haiku: "Stuck at the airport/ God damnit I need a beer,/ Minneapolis." http://t.co/BVYimasqyg
I can't believe people are defending this madness. Setting cops on fire, murdering them, gauging their eyes & chopping off body parts. #Kiev
5 theories on what could have happened to #MH370
Act of terrorism
Explosion on board
Sudden stall of the plane
Every vote counts #indiaVotes http://t.co/rgvrAqKGTM
Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. -mo http://t.co/glDKDotJRt
Spain's King Juan Carlos to abdicate in favour of son http://t.co/XjENT1PwAr #Monarchy #Spain #JuanCarlos #Felipe #Asturias #Abdicates
What the #HobbyLobby founders don't say they're doing besides fighting government-mandated #birthcontrol coverage. http://t.co/tjgIww5pOo
Malaysian airlines raises passenger total to 298 from 295, adding three infants who were on board. Heartbreaking #MH17 #Ukraine
Oscar #Pistorius looking calm but grim as he leaves courtroom; lawyers shaking hands; family members hugging. Verdict on Sept 11.
Friend of #JamesFoley: He was down to earth, he was genuine, honest- a man of integrity. This has been devastating.
The message is clear - cease fire now! #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies http://t.co/icAbNOhNzd
Bend it like Beckham! #BendGate #iPhone6 @DavidBeckhamWeb http://t.co/PHYzdEBYlQ
I'm supporting @UN_Women and @EmWatson in #HeForShe
As should you.. http://t.co/RYtM4SKkqN
Police approaching at Lung Wo Road, ready to use pepper spray #UmbrellaRevolution http://t.co/YDoVDB9Q4P
With the #carrythatweight movement to combat campus sexual assault, student activists truly are raising their voices & changing the world.
The flight of Philae: Rosetta captures part of the lander's journey. http://t.co/Wd2K0usZ1y #cometlanding http://t.co/7UTlzkh8qx
After @RollingStone's exposé falls apart, #UVA presses on with review of frat culture @JenniferLudden @MorningEdition http://t.co/tzN7L0KQsZ
"This is not about one man. This is about structural racism in a country built on Black slavery." #ICantBreathe http://t.co/dj7AiB5ZHJ
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The Year on Twitter: Entertainment
The year on Twitter
What's Wiz Khalifa's secret to success? "Staying highly medicated." #Grammys
R.I.P. PSH-SO TALENTED, SO TORMENTED-MAY YOUR DEMONS BE AT REST #PhilipSeymourHoffman http://t.co/RRomkoVCKc
6 Best Musical Moments From Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Debut - <!-- --> As if... http://t.co/TePshS9sAU
If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars http://t.co/C9U5NOtGap
John Travolta butchers Idina Menzel's name, Internet goes nuts. http://t.co/6aApScdwsf
#AdeleDazeem @aboutentertain @becmur
How Leo's acceptance speech will begin when he wins an Oscar. #GiveLeoAnOscar http://t.co/ffB98oVgzv
#ConciousUncoupling ? Nothing's forever broken. There's always a way forward http://t.co/OYjjTEDa1i
Peaches Geldof dead at 25, father Bob says - Model and #TV personality... http://t.co/dXdD5vwrjo
#BobGeldof #PaulaYates #PeachesGeldof
Why are we not talking about how it is not okay for women to physically attack a men? #jayz #solange
WSPPD: What Should Paula Patton Do? #RobinThicke #GetHerBack #Poll http://t.co/kdzwASgXKc
So so sad to hear about #RobinWilliams A true talent in every sense of the word. He will be missed. #RIP
Wow! If you missed any of that information overload, go to http://t.co/264VetKk7s #1989 #ShakeItOff
RIP @Joan_Rivers you will be missed. Thanks for making us laugh throughout the years. #RIPJoanRivers #JoanRivers http://t.co/xPb0CzHoGQ
Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.
the boys killed their performance but they look so tired they need a break already 😔💕
The Kim @PaperMagazine #BreakTheInternet photoshoot effect took up 4 hours baby oils and 40 bottles of champagne. http://t.co/0OvsruJcjr
Having a Laugh #onedirection http://t.co/RhohpccHeB
Amanda Bynes parents: We knew nothing about arrest, daughter's whereabouts - Updated... http://t.co/AmxCrClM68
all love here 💭 http://t.co/BocrzJEgUj
Tonight at 9, not to be missed. Fmr supermodel @janicedickinson sounds off on Bill Cosby #CosbyUnderFire http://t.co/WvsLRQKtVD
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The Year on Twitter: sports
The year on Twitter
I hope people in Evanston are taking notes, bc there will be a movie made about the athletes shifting culture today. #Northwestern #Union
#Sochi2014 because who doesn't want to use a public restroom with completely mirrored ceilings? thanks shayba arena! http://t.co/dTcFWseIAu
Lady huskies do it too... #uconn #huskies #winners #victory #bball #nike #jordan #ct #connecticut #jimmys1920... http://t.co/8hpigW8GQD
The Huskies are National Champions! http://t.co/97G1AHcBoa
I will always believe the curse and stupidity of Donald Sterling will always doom Clippers as long as he's owner.
As crazy as the @NBA playoffs have been...the @NHL playoffs have almost been BETTER!!! Couple that with #MarchMadness and it's sports gold.
Serena Williams admits to first-round nerves http://t.co/LWE8kw4ZMV
What does the future hold for the #Spurs? http://t.co/wtEgonlcXs #NBAFinals #Game5 #SpursVsHeat http://t.co/caDVA6mOfk
Your @LAKings & a little bit of hardware #BecauseItsTheCup #LAKingsParade #StanleyCupChamps http://t.co/Yn8CxFvsJe
He's back where it all started. We may not own a RING this year, but we're gonna be successful.
This is Paul George's get well soon banner. Fans have been signing their names in honor of him.😢😭
Ray Rice Abuse Video Sparks A Powerful #WhyIStayed Conversation About Domestic Violence http://t.co/nhWsVSNc2E via @RossalynWarren @buzzfeed
Nothing else needs to be said. Derek Jeter. A class act throughout. Congratulations on a wonderful career! #Re2pect http://t.co/GLA834Ym5y
Cowboys waive Sam from practice squad http://t.co/l58O2wlcbo via @ESPNDallas #MichaelSam
Congrats @Nick_CTV on winning the #AOLSportsSearch. pretty impressive. Good luck with your show!
When the bae comes to one of your games you be like.... 🏈👋
#NYGvsDAL @OBJ_3 http://t.co/IZlfFiTckm
A touching tribute front of my parents house, RIP Phillip Hughes, will be missed #putoutyourbats #PhillipHughes http://t.co/icfWutRdlX