TECHNOBYTE for 11 December 2015

It is that time of the year when social media platforms reflect on the most talked about topics of the year.

Facebook is taking a look back on the moments in 2015 that moved us and inspired us to take action in our annual Year in Review.

• The US presidential election was the most talked-about topic globally, with nearly a year to go to Election Day. The November 13 attacks in Paris, the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis, the Nepal earthquakes and the Greek debt crisis followed.

Topics (Global)

  1. US Presidential Election
  2. November 13 Attacks in Paris
  3. Syrian Civil War & Refugee Crisis
  4. Nepal Earthquakes
    5.Greek Debt Crisis

Topics South Africa

  1. Jacob Zuma
  2. Rugby World Cup
  3. Eskom Electricity Crisis
  4. Mayweather / Pacquiao fight
  5. Nkandla Scandal

As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to rewind and take a look at the videos, channels, and moments that shaped South Africa’s year. As unpredictable as each year seems to be, it’s clear that video is reaching more and more South Africans, driving a diverse, entertaining and somewhat thought-provoking mix of most watched videos.

Top 10 Videos watched in South Africa in 2015, excluding major music labels

  1. Vuyo Mvoko mugged by sabcdigitalnews
  2. Female JMPD Officer by Simphiwe The Stunt Bongelo
  3. Noko Mashaba - iNumber Number by Ramscomics

Top 10 Music Videos watched by South Africans

  1. Wiz Khalifa - See You Again ft. Charlie Puth [Official Video]
  2. Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do (Official Video)
  3. Taylor Swift - Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar

2015 was the year of the #FeesMustFall debate, the continuation of the #OscarPistorius trial and Karabo Mogane winning @IdolsSA. To mark the end of the year, we’ve delved into our data to create our annual ‘Year on Twitter’ roundup. You can relive some of the most influential moments and popular Tweets from around the world on In 2015, Twitter acted as a real-time soundtrack to the biggest moments and events as they unfolded in the world. Whether it was the Rugby World Cup 2015 or general elections around the world, what happened in the world was simultaneously happening on Twitter.

The top five news-related hashtags of 2015 were:






Google South Africa has announced the launch of Google Play Music. Local music fans will have an unlimited pass to a huge library of music, on all of their devices, from all the major record companies, as well as top local and independent labels. Google Play Music lets you create an ad-free, interactive radio station from any song or artist you love. You can add, remove or re-order your station and see what’s coming next. Or you can browse recommendations from Google’s expert music team and explore songs by genre. The “Listen Now” tab puts artists and radio stations Google thinks you’ll like front and centre so you can start listening the minute you open your library. A 30-day free trial offer is available to new Google Play Music users. Additionally, an unlimited Google Play Music subscription is available for an introductory price of R49,99 a month. Users who sign up before 26 January 2016 will retain the introductory pricing for the life of their subscription. Users who sign up after 26 January 2016 will be charged R59.99.

This article first appeared on 702 : TECHNOBYTE for 11 December 2015



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