Facebook Releases 2009 Trends

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Facebook has followed Bing, Google, Twitter and YouTube’s leads by releasing some of the trending data for the last year, and some of the conclusions we might draw from it paint Facebook users in a fairly unfavourable light.

Trending data seems to be all the rage as this year comes to a close, with various different web services practically falling over themselves in an attempt to push out as accurate a statistical breakdown of our lives on the web as possible. If YouTube’s taught us anything, it’s that most of us will watch just about anything, and if Facebook’s list of trends[http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=215076352130] for this year teaches us anything, it’s that 2009 was a fairly selfless year.

According to Facebook, the top trending topics this year were:

1. Facebook Applications
2. FML
3. Swine Flu
4. Celebrity Deaths
5. Family
6. Movies
7. Sports
8. Health Care
9. FB
10. Twitter
11. Years
12. Lady Gaga
13. Yard
14. Religion
15. I

It’s nice to see that Facebook users managed to use the word “I” so little (relatively), though we’d imagine it has something to do with the fact that Facebook status updates tend to be in the first person.

Aside from the trending topics, which they’re calling “Facebook Memology” there are some fairly interesting word on just what constitutes some of the topics. The most interesting is perhaps the breakdown of status updates referring to “Farming” broken down, simply enough, into theuse of the terms, “Farm,” “Farm Town” and Farmville.”

Doubtless a statistically significant proportion of you will be pleased to see that, despite starting late, Farmville has reached the top of the farming apps on Facebook, and continues to rise over December.

This graph probably says more about humanity than anything else in the trending topic:

It’s followed immediately in trends by “FML…” Farm My Life? 😉

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4 Responses to “Facebook Releases 2009 Trends”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Facebooks biggest trend in 09 for me is the proliferation of horrendous forced updates from users telling me about their farm, fish tank or yoville gang. Even if I block these applications, I’m told about them.

    Facebook is finding a new way to become the new myspace (a dying social network) by allowing these things to pollute the service!

    • komplettie Says:

      Fully agree, though I think it’ll maintain critical mass for quite some time just because the size of its userbase. Still, I’ve had to unfriend people for some of those drivel updates, and now that they’re feeding in from PSN as well things are getting a bit dicey :/

      • Kevin Says:

        Facebook’s userbase is huge but I often wonder how big the userbase is if you only look at regularly (3/4 days a week) logged-in users who update their status. I doubt it’s anywhere near the 350million users they claim to have.

        Myspace still has impressive stats on huge scales, but the numbers who log in are much lower then the number of memberships they have.

        Same for twitter. I know this because the people who have the usernames I want haven’t logged in since 2008!

  2. google trends market research Says:

    There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.

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