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Facebook trends reveal One Direction ‘most talked about’ in 2012

Australian users of Facebook loved the song Skinny Love by Bon Iver, did the most check-ins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and talked about English-Irish boyband One Direction the most this year, according to data released by Facebook Australia.

The Facebook 2012 Trends report was revealed yesterday (December 11) providing insight into what the top ten mentions, check-ins and songs were in Australia, according to Facebook.

It's been a big year for young stars One Direction, with Huffington Post writer Maureen Elinzano touting 2012 as the "Year of One Direction".

The boys have picked up a stack of awards this year including an ARIA for Best International Artist, a BRIT award, three MTV Europe music awards, three American MTV music awards and a number of Nickelodeon kids choice awards – not to mention they also trended worldwide on Twitter many times!

Reality TV shows Big Brother and The Voice came in second and third for the most mentions, followed by the London Olympics.

Top 2012 best-selling novels The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey came in at number five and six for top mentions, with the Sydney Swans, The Avengers, Gangnam Style and Kony 2012 rounding out the top ten.  

Call Me Maybe by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen was a breakout hit this year, topping charts all over the world. According to Facebook Trends, Jepsen's track came behind Bon Iver's Skinny Love which was recently covered by up and coming English singer Birdy.

Maroon 5's Payphone, Somebody That I Used to Know by Kimbra and Gotye, We Are Young by Fun, Whistle by Flo Rida and Starships by Nicki Minaj are a selection of other songs that made the list of top trending songs on Facebook.

Sports fans seem to have made the most Facebook check-ins this year with the MCG taking out the number one spot. This was followed by Sydney's ANZ Stadium, the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne and Bondi Beach.

The Sydney Opera House, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Star City Casino, Suncorp Stadium and Crown Casino Melbourne were other locations that were picked out as the top check-ins for Australia.

Posted by April Revake.