Top Moments Of 2021 Through Twitter’s Eyes

By Emeric Brard
on 31 December 2021

2021 has been another unique year to go down in the history books. In what has been a tough year with COVID, Australia has come together and overcome hardship through their love of entertainment and sport – and they shared it all on Twitter. From the Olympic Games to Squid Game, here’s what got Aussies through 2021!

Having a Laugh

While times have certainly been difficult, there remained over 3.6 million meme-related tweets in Australia, showing just how much we value our humour. In fact, August, the month Australia went back into lockdown, was the most meme’d month – which probably explains why the laughing emoji was the most used one of the bunch.

old man laughing
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It’s no secret that we Aussies love our sport, and this year was no different.

Three of the top hashtags used on Twitter in Australia this year were sport-related:

1.  #Tokyo2020

Everyone tuned into the action, supporting the green and gold doing us proud overseas. These were the most mentioned athletes from the competition:

Ash Barty
Ash Barty at the Tokyo Olympics (Image credit: ABC)

@Patty_Mills, @AshBarty, @SamKerr1, @NickKyrios, and Boomers teammate, @JoeIngles7.

2. #NRL

In light of the State of Origin being played outside of Queensland or NSW for the first time ever, #NRL climbed the ranking, topping #AFL this time around.

3. #AusOpen

And of course, the tennis. Don’t expect this one to go away anytime soon with the next grand slam just around the corner in January.


From Olympic Games to Squid Game?

Squid Game
Squid Game 

I’m sure at one point or another, we resorted to Netflix for our lockdown pastimes. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the most-watched and tweeted about show was the Korean sensation, Squid Game. The hashtag #SquidGame was used at least 39,000 times in Australia since it first aired.

Activism and Culture

Australians aren’t the type to sit back and stay quiet, they’re passionate and highly engaged. 2021 really showed that. Australian of the year @TamePunk (AKA Grace Tame) was most mentioned, followed by @GretaTunberg.

 #COP26 also rose to one of our most Tweeted about hashtags for the year.

Little Pockets of Joy

One of those pockets included  @JoshJoshBegosh who started raising awareness for Cerebral Palsy. After two weeks, he had racked up a 10k following.

Josh Cavallo
Adelaide United left-back, Josh Cavallo 

This wasn’t the only Josh making waves in 2021, as professional footballer Josh Cavello came out as the first openly gay male professional footballer. The support he was shown was extraordinary.

What this year has taught us is that even in the toughest times, people come together and make it work. 2021 was an exceptional show of compassion, humanity, and shared interest.

Bring on 2022!

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