SA's most popular Twitter topics revealed

2014-12-11 11:00 - Duncan Alfreds, Fin24
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Cape Town - Sport related tweets topped South Africa's most popular Twitter topics for 2014 as the Soccer World Cup and the Springbok team's rugby performances took centre stage.

The World Cup dominated the Twitter statistics for the year with the game between Brazil and Germany drawing the most action as the host nation was bundled out of a tournament that they were widely expected to win.

Twitter users in SA were also excited by the rugby match against Wales.

"As rugby is considered one of the most popular sports in South Africa it should come as no surprise that the South Africa Vs Wales rugby match #SSRugby rugby game caused the second biggest spike on Twitter in South Africa in 2014," Twitter said.

Beyond sports, Oscar Pistorius generated hype on Twitter as South Africans followed all aspects of the trial where he was ultimately found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013.

Popular global tweets

In particular, the trial was marked by sharp cross-examination by both defence advocate Barry Roux and state prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Twitter also revealed the popular global tweets of the year, including this one from Ellen Degeneres at the Oscars that was retweeted over three million times.

Other celebrities that saw Twitter success in 2014 included Justin Bieber and Niall Horan with 471 000 and 366 943 retweets respectively.

Twitter also revealed the top South Africans being followed on the platform:

NameTwitter HandleNumber of followers
Caspar Lee @Caspar_Lee 2 128 810
Kevin Pietersen @KP24 2 046 551
Trevor Noah @Trevornoah 1 725 515
AB Devilliers @ABdeVilliers 1 502 313
Dale Steyn @DaleSteyn62 1 155 599
Nelson Mandela @NelsonMandela 1 009 465
Bonang B Matheba @bonang_m 888 466
Candice Swanepol @angelcandice 872 395
Graeme Smith @GraemeSmith 735 660
Gareth Cliff @GarethCliff 530 924

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