Twitter is celebrating the global rise of India after countless people took to the microblogging site to voice their thoughts on a multitude of topics this year. From the #DelhiElections to the banding together of volunteers for #ChennaiRainsHelp, 2015 was a significant year for Indians on the social media platform.
Twitter has unveiled the global #YearOnTwitter at 2015.twitter.com to look back on the year's most popular retweeted tweets, most influential tweets and popular events as they unfolded during the year on Twitter. While it admitted that each tweet is unique, it has named only one tweet as the Golden Tweet for India in 2015.
— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) December 7, 2015
This selfie by Shah Rukh Khan with former One Direction band member Zayn Malik at the Asian Awards in London in April 2015 which was retweeted 141,000 times and viewed 18.3 million times!
This kid is so cool. May Allah bless him. Dinner time at the Asian Awards. pic.twitter.com/l0gV12n0kv
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 17, 2015
The Indian superstar has 16.5 million followers. He comes a close second after Bollywood legend Amitabh Bacchan with 18.1 million among India's most followed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes third with 16.4 million followers, a huge leap from last year's 4 million. Bollywood stars Aamir Khan and Salman Khan follow close on the heels with 15.5 million and 15 million followers each.
Here's a look back at the most influential moments in 2015:
Cricket World Cup #INDvsPAK
India beating Pakistan in the first match of Cricket World Cup in 2015 drew a record-breaking 118.3 million Impressions on Twitter.
Twitter saw numerous users join in conversations on the Delhi Legislative Assembly Elections, held in February, 2015 in which Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party emerged victorious. Twitter drew 10.8 million elections-related Tweets during the 30-day campaign period. You can see the global conversations on #DelhiVotes heatmap.
On the occasion of Diwali, Twitter activated the first-ever Diwali emoji and asked users to send in their joyous Diwali pictures which they made into a collage in the form of a lamp on www.diwaliontwitter.com.. Here are the global conversations on the #Diwali heatmap.
People took to twitter to provide latest news and support and reached out to each other to provide help on #ChennaiRains, #ChennaiFloods and #ChennaiRainsHelp. Local citizens sent over 1.4 million Tweets full of pictures of the latest state of floods and also helped locate stranded residents. View these conversations here #ChennaiRainsHelp Reverb chart.
This 69th year of Independence for India had Twitter adding its first Independence Day flag emoji with #India and an inspirational #SaluteSelfie campaign had over 100,000 Tweets from poeple expressing gratitude towards the armed forces for their selfless service.
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