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Best moments of 2016 on Facebook and Instagram

From the launch of iPhone 7 to US Presidential elections to Pokemon Go and Brexit, read what people spoke about and shared in 2016

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | December 12, 2016

FacebookEach year, Facebook reviews the moments, events and trends that people shared and talked about the most. Here are those top moments along with -- for the first time -- the top live videos from 2016.

Facebook in India has 166 million monthly active users, 159 million mobile monthly active users, 85 million daily active users and 81 million mobile daily active users.

The top most talked about topics from India in 2016 on Facebook are:

  1. Diwali
  2. Cricket
  3. Uri attacks and surgical attacks
  4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Movie)
  5. Hardwell (India Tour)
  6. Priyanka Chopra
  7. Rio Olympics
  8. Pokemon Go
  9. Pathankot
  10. iPhone 7 launch

Top 10 Live videos on Facebook from India:


Global top moments on Facebook

  1. US Presidential Election
  2. Brazilian Politics
  3. Pokemon Go
  4. Black Lives Matter
  5. Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine Presidential Election
  6. Olympics
  7. Brexit
  8. Super Bowl
  9. David Bowie
  10. Muhammad Ali

Live video is something that has been successful for Facebook this year. People from all over the globe went on to share the live experience to their friends, fans and followers.

The top 10 global Live videos are:

  1. Candace Payne, Chewbacca Mom
  2. Ted Yoder, Soundscapes
  3. Buzzfeed, Countdown to the next presidential election
  4. Atlanta Buzz, People are lining up to hug police officers in Dallas
  5. NBC News, Election results
  6. Under the Hood, Video of a truck completely carved out of wood
  7. Viral Thread, Population count from US to CA
  8. CNN, Election results on Empire State building
  9. Dena Blizzard, Pokemon Go for moms ‘Chardonnay Go’
  10. Super Deluxe, Election map


The top 10 moments of this year’s Year in Review were measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts made between January 1 and November 27, 2016. To put this list together, mentions were analysed in an aggregated, anonymised way and then ranked to create a snapshot of the year on Facebook. The top 10 Live videos were measured by total cumulative views.

‘Your Year in Review’

This month, many people will also see a personalised video in their News Feed of their meaningful moments from 2016 that they can edit and share with family and friends. They can also access their video by visiting

Most Instagrammed locations of 2016 from India:

  1. Marine Drive, Mumbai
  2. Taj Mahal
  3. Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
  4. Juhu Beach, Mumbai
  5. India Gate, New Delhi
  6. Baga Beach, Goa
  7. Connaught Place, New Delhi
  8. Select Citywalk, New Delhi
  9. Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab
  10. Nandi Hills, Bangalore

Most used Hashtags from India:

  1. #love
  2. #instagood
  3. #fun
  4. #india
  5. #instagram
  6. #picoftheday
  7. #instapic
  8. #instadaily
  9. #instalike
  10. #photooftheday

Most Instagrammed days in India:

10/30/16 – Diwali, Festival of Lights

11/14/16 – Children’s Day

10/11/16 – Dussehra, celebration of good over evil

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