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Revealed: Most retweeted clips of 2016? We let cat out of bag

But Beautiful Game comes a close second

By Katie Wright

Thanks to Brexit, Donald Trump's election victory and a flurry of celebrity deaths, we haven't been short of reasons to share our opinions on social media this year - whether they're wanted or not.

Your Facebook feed might have been full of political discourse (polite or otherwise), but on Twitter there's been one topic that's dominated more than any other and that's football.

The social network has released its annual review data, showing that, of the top 10 most-tweeted UK moments, every single one was about the Beautiful Game.

It was a less than pretty moment that took the top spot, however, with 128,000 tweets sent per minute when England lost to Iceland in the Euros in June ("England beaten by a country with more volcanoes than professional footballers," wrote Gary Lineker, garnering 118,000 likes).

On a more positive note, in second place, with 107,000 tweets per minute, was the evening in May when the full-time whistle at Stamford Bridge meant Leicester had become Premier League Champions.

Indeed, the unexpected triumph was feted around the world as the tweet from the club's official account acknowledging the title became the most retweeted sport-related tweet globally.

In a year of political upsets and upheaval, Brexit also made it into the global top 10, at number six, with #Trump not far behind at number eight, but it was the President-elect's defeated opponent who was responsible for the third most retweeted tweet in the world.

"To all the little girls watching ... never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world," read the quote from Hillary Clinton's concession speech which attracted more than 634,000 retweets.

Proving that the power of pop fans hasn't diminished in the last 12 months, One Direction's Harry Styles quoting a lyric of ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift to mark his 22nd birthday came in second ("I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22").

Fun, games and footie celebrations aside, Twitter is, perhaps more than any other social network, the place we go to complain, commiserate and argue - but amid all the current affairs crises and angry debates, it's good to know some things never change.

Use of video on the site increased by 220 times over 2016, and what was the subject of the most retweeted clip of year? A cat, obviously.

The tabby feline reclines in a plastic crate, looking serene as 20 or so fluffy yellow chicks cluck away on top of it.

After the unending car crash that has been 2016, replaying those 14 soothing seconds of creature cuteness until the year is out might be just what the doctor ordered.

Pinterest-ing ideas for the New Year

While some social networks are a magnet for complainers and doom-mongers, over in the shiny, happy land of Pinterest it's all artfully arranged bedside tables and tasty looking "Buddha bowls".

The digital pinboard site has revealed the trends that have taken 2016 by storm, including cabbage crisps (up 83% this year) and hanging plants (200%).

Want to embrace the world of "wellness" in 2017? See the full list at Tiny.cc/pinterest100.

Facebook gives its Messenger a reboot

In response to data showing that the way users communicate is becoming more and more visual, Facebook Messenger has unveiled a suite of fun new features.

The shutter symbol is now front and centre in the app, so you can take a photo with one tap or a video by holding the button down.

You can choose from thousands of stickers, frames and effects to add to your pics and videos in time for Christmas.

Snapchat makes it even easier to talk

Meanwhile, Snapchat has introduced a feature that most messaging apps already have: group chat.

Called Groups, the tool lets you message up to 16 contacts at once, but you can also easily start a one-on-one chat with one of those individuals, for those times when you don't want to bother the whole group with unnecessary administrative details. You can send all the usual stickers, Bitmojis and video notes, too.

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