Social media has transformed over the years into a powerhouse in today’s day and age. It has become a very useful tool for dissemination of information, connecting with friends and family, sharing ideas and concepts, marketing content, products and more.
One of the world’s biggest social media platforms; Twitter, is known to be a hub for such activities. With an estimate of over 350 million users, it is best known for its unique 140-character limit, which most users believe makes it the most exciting platform to be on. The platform is structured in such a way that conversations on a particular topic can be followed by others using a particular hashtag ‘#’. The use of hashtags later on developed into trends, which is now widely used on a daily basis to identify and hype topical conversations, events, products, movements, movies, radio and tv shows etc.
TwitterGH, Ghana’s section of twitter as usual didnt disappoint, as the year 2015 offered exciting, entertaining, creative and mischievous trends.
Here are the Top 10 Trends to hit Twittergh in the year 2015, Enjoy !
High school days are known to offer the most memorable experiences in the life of every individual. #Throwbackthursday, which is mostly a trend on Thursdays unravels memories of past events mostly with pictures which then changed into #ThrowbackSHS where people tweeted about their high school experiences, from the good, bad and ugly aspects spiced up with intriguing memes.
— Efo Dela (@Amegaxi) July 1, 2015
— Mr.Bugbil (@mr_bugbil) June 30, 2015
— AGYEMANG (@iamOmanhene) July 18, 2015
— Κℓσρeℓe † (@iamopele) June 29, 2015
#DumsorMustStop was a trend initiated by Ghanaian Actress Yvonne Nelson, leading a public outcry on the unbearable energy crisis in the country at the time. Ghanaians took the opportunity to express their sentiments and experiences through the hashtag and the hashtag developed into a movement. A vigil was organized on the 17th of May 2015 with thousands of Ghanaians attending to express their dissatisfaction about the situation.
— Yvonne Nelson (@yvonnenelsongh) May 17, 2015
— Yvonne Nelson (@yvonnenelsongh) May 17, 2015
— BIGBABY #DopeNation (@PhilRajjy) May 17, 2015
— Ed Ohene (@OheneEd) May 17, 2015
One of the biggest trends to hit TwitterGH this year, it all began with a tweet from a Ghanaian lady with handle @adwoa_nicoletta about how Ghanaians were more beautiful than Nigerians.
"@adwoa_nicoletta: Ghanaians are prettier than Nigerians please. Nigerians just have more make up artists." Y'all so Ugly,MakeUp can't help
— i No Well (@Hisroyaldopenez) August 10, 2015
This erupted into a heated debate between Ghanaians and their Nigerian counterparts on whose country was the best. It trended for close to 3 days with over 100,000 tweets generated through arguments on who was the best in football, who had the prettiest girls and of course; whose jollof tasted better.
— Łåw (@i_Floki) August 10, 2015
— ㅤ (@dannnygh) August 10, 2015
— Nii Cr7 (@Charway77) August 10, 2015
"I'm sorry Nigerians. Go and try your luck in hell. I cant recognise any of you. Why did you bleach?" pic.twitter.com/eoDEOWQgEf
— Alhaji One™ (@AbeikuLytle) August 10, 2015
You cannot even tell whether they mean
" cheap or sheep "
" chop or shop "
" hi or eye "
But well 😴😴😴#GhanavsNaija
— Mantis™ (@oh_dipsy_di33r) August 10, 2015
Touted as one of the most exciting 2015 Twitter trends in Ghana, #FamousGhanaians was a trend that compared Ghanaian names which were slightly similar to names of worldwide celebrities to create the humorous impression that the celebrities originated from Ghana. Trending for close to a week, tweeps were challenged to be creative with exciting tweets.
Barack Owusu Boamah a former School prefect of Kanda Clusters went to US with his uncle and changed his name to Obama #FamousGhanaians
— Efo Dela (@Amegaxi) April 9, 2015
"Jane Ayekoo" was what her mum said wen she was caught stealn meat from the soup at age 7.We now know her as "Jhene Aiko"#FamousGhanaians
— Ernest (@ernest_nyd) April 8, 2015
Twumasi Intiamoah started rapping on corners in Adum, later he managed to stowaway to the USA and rebranded himself as T.I.#FamousGhanaians
— Efo Dela (@Amegaxi) April 8, 2015
With the popular notion that twitter users most especially girls tend to have a different life as compared to what they portray online, #twittergirls was a trend that developed to unravel certain behavioral patterns of most female users of the social media platform.
Some #TwitterGirls will RT food p*rn the whole day but never help mummy in the kitchen when she's cooking 😞😞😞😞
— Łåw (@i_Floki) July 17, 2015
Boiz dey take the #twittergirls trend throw subs…..the ones them mean already …ASALA QUEENS
— Mantsɛ TACKIE (@AlexTackie) July 17, 2015
Some girls are now Grammar tutors on here but have been Writing NovDec since 2008. #TwitterGirls
— Κℓσρeℓe † (@iamopele) July 17, 2015
#TwitterGirls…one saved my number as 'Apple Support'. She only call/text when she's having a problem with her Apple Device.
— Most Blocked (@Richard_otis_) July 17, 2015
Kumasi folks have always been known to be victimized on twitter, mostly due to their supposed weird dressing, pronunciations ‘ L’ and ‘R’ and more. #YouknowYouinKumasi unraveled some things perculiar to kumasi folks.
— Kãmiçãze Köntiki (@DECLEX) July 10, 2015
— kWAME (@poundsborga) July 11, 2015
#YouKnowYouAreInKumasiWhen You hear the sound of pistol against mortar every dawn. Fufu bi what? 😂😂😂
— Jay Yorke (@RealJay_Yorke) July 11, 2015
— Most Blocked (@Richard_otis_) July 12, 2015
#TwitterNti meaning because of twitter, was a trend to expose certain things tweeps do daily just because of being attached to the social media platform. Various tweets flooded the timeline illustrating how people went to various extents and funny situations just because of twitter.
#twitterNti u say u be atheist… But Sunday morning, u wey u dey sweep church inside.
— Mantsɛ TACKIE (@AlexTackie) April 28, 2015
#TwitterNti your GPA is looking like Ghana's economy.
I sub my body but well…
— Alhaji One™ (@AbeikuLytle) April 28, 2015
#TwitterNti You owe the credit transfer dealer in your hood and have refused to use her route
— RAPHAEL'O (@Rafurl) April 28, 2015
Relationships are known to come with several complications, most people tend to use the twitter platform to express certain relationship related issues, #ThatsWhyWeBrokeUp trended for close to two days with over 30,000 tweets generated on how and why they had to break up with their partners, mostly fictional and just to create humour.
She save ma number "TigoCash" 😢😢#ThatsWhyWeBrokeUp
— Ernest (@ernest_nyd) April 27, 2015
The face I saw when I visited her @ 6am in the morning eh…. 😂😂😂😂 #Thatswhywebrokeup
— Mantsɛ TACKIE (@AlexTackie) April 27, 2015
She told the waakye seller that she was buying 'taalia' in front of my friends.#ThatsWhyWeBrokeUp
— Alhaji One™ (@AbeikuLytle) April 27, 2015
She flash me for viber.#ThatsWhyWeBrokeUp
— Ernest (@ernest_nyd) April 27, 2015
Subtweets popularly known as ‘subs’ are tweets directed towards another user without mentioning the handle of the person, ‘subs’ are mostly used to avoid direct altercation with an individual, the trend #SubForFree allowed users to address their sentiments, rumours , insults, love proposals and more.
You say you be doctor but Udey manage 150+ accounts how Udey treat your patients at the same time
You need an award #SubForFree
— Mantis™ (@oh_dipsy_di33r) July 20, 2015
You smoke like a chimney but u no fit fry egg #SubForFree
— Arnold Adrian (@pimpkingstein) July 21, 2015
Leave your personal issues somewhere before you logon twitter please #SubForFree
— ⠀ (@Whiz_Letters) July 21, 2015
#Dropthatlife was one of the most intriguing trends on twitter this year, it was mainly aimed at encouraging individuals to shun certain habits and behaviors, as usual, it took a humorous turn.
You just dey your phone en back just dey judge people you know nothing about. #DropThatLife
— Łåw (@i_Floki) November 27, 2015
You wear waist trainers and when we hug u it feels like we dey take wanna hands pass broken glass top. #DropThatLife
— Play Picasso (@khobie_) November 27, 2015
Girl go buy ¢3.50 cho give ein body
Buh you talk say u wan spread am pɛ she go start dey demand ¢10+ food#DropThatLife chale
— Mawutor (@Creppy_I_Am) November 27, 2015
People dey talk say u fool and edey bee u so u start dey see ur body sanso dey figa twitter celeb, my guy humble urself and #DropThatLife
— Jedi (@dannygh_) November 27, 2015