Ferguson — Top Twitter News Story of 2014

Of all the events that took place in 2014, the Ferguson grand jury decision to eschew indicting Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown was the most-mentioned news event on Twitter.

Echelon Insights, a market research and data analytics company, combed through 184.5 million Twitter mentions of various news events and shared the results online in its The Year in News.

The results, shown below, indicate that the initial Ferguson shooting and the grand jury decision months later, were the biggest news events on Twitter. The closest runners-up would be President Obama’s State of the Union, the Sterling/Clippers controversy, and the 2014 midterms.

The next chart shows the top trending stories broken down among all of Twitter, political insiders, and conservative and liberal activists. Again, Ferguson was all the rage, especially with liberal activists. Political insiders were most interested in the midterms by far, while conservatives concentrated almost equally on guns, Iraq, Obamacare, and Benghazi.

The last chart shows the one thing that all Twitter users had in common when ranting on Twitter: President Barack Hussein Obama.


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