Monday, February 15, 2016


In July 2015, the world’s population was 7.3 billion, and India became the second most populous country in the world with 1.3 billion, while the population of the United States was three million more than the 320 million Twitter users globally. The smiley emoji with tears became Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year, while the new word merkeling, named after the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Time’s Person of the Year, has become synonymous with patience. From Baghdad, Beirut, Chennai, Lebanon, and Paris to Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson, and San Bernardino, there has been a lot to fear, but the top hashtags for 2015 on Twitter proclaim otherwise: #LoveWins #BlackLivesMatter #RefugeesWelcome #IStandWithAhmed #JeSuisCharlie #PrayForTheWorld #ChennaiRains. The Voice of America headlined it aptly: Justice and Joy Dominate 2015 Twitter Hashtags.