Pop culture continued to rule our online conversations in 2012

The Hunger Games, the London Olympics and Whitney Houston's death were some of hottest topics...

The Hunger Games, the London Olympics and Whitney Houston's death were some of hottest topics Canadians were chatting about this year, according to Facebook.

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Canadians were suckers for fantasy and horror shows this year, according to Facebook.

The social media site released Tuesday its top trends of 2012. The top three most-discussed topics were movies - the Hunger Games and The Avengers - and a TV series, The Walking Dead.

Also discussed among Facebook's 18 million Canadian users was the death of Whitney Houston, the summer beefcake flick Magic Mike, the oddly infectious song-dance Gangam Style and the kinky summer must-read Fifty Shades of Grey.

Twitter also released its list of the year's international top trends on Tuesday, with the Summer Olympics in London leading the way, having generated more than 150 million posts worldwide.

Mother Nature brought Twitter users together when Hurricane Sandy's arrival, generating more than 20 million tweets and retweets between Oct. 27 and Nov. 1.

Both re-elected U.S. president Barack Obama and Canadian boy-crooner Justin Bieber were given special mention for their "golden tweets" or the most retweeted posts of the year. Obama's post-election tweet "Four More Years" had the most retweets (more than 810,000), with Bieber in second for his "RIP Avalanna. I love you" tweet about six-year-old fan Avalanna Routh who died of brain cancer (220,000 and counting).

Twitter reported it also lit up during the Emmys and the MTV Video Music Awards, and when singer Whitney Houston died suddenly in February, and her fans took to the site by the hundreds of thousands to express their grief.

- Monique Beech


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