Exclusive Australia Twitter’s Top Moments Of 2015

By Frederique Bros
on 8 December 2015

Twitter was the place where Aussies started, joined or followed local and global conversations in real-time.

Not surprisingly: celebs, reality TV and the entertainment industry really piqued our interest in 2015! 

As we head swiftly into 2016, please find below an official look at the year on Twitter in Australia for 2015. 

Exclusive Australia Twitter’s Top Moments Of 2015

Top 10 trends for the year amongst Australians

Australians come to Twitter for many reasons, with the main ones reflected in the top ten trends locally in 2015. My Kitchen Rules and Eurovision were two of the highest trending television programs for 2015, and 5SOS once again dominated Australian Twitter trends, taking out 5th place.

Top trend descriptions plus top Tweets


Wide-ranging discussion of anything related to the world of Australian politics.


Australia’s most popular and most discussed panel TV show which, let’s be honest, pretty much runs on Twitter!


#libspill of course was the hashtag for the conversation around Malcolm Turnbull’s successful attempt to overthrow incumbent PM Tony Abbott. 


The plight of refugees and the global people movement was a much-discussed topic on Twitter in Australia.


Australia’s biggest music sensation! These guys are loved all around the world and we probably could’ve done a list just about them!

MKR was hugely popular again this year, so no surprise that it was the reality show we Tweeted about the most.




As the world’s 14 best cricket teams did battle over six weeks, all of the tournament’s special moments played out on Twitter in real-time. 


Eurovision has always had a large Twitter cult following in Australia. 

Top 10 Australian Twitter accounts with the most followers for 2015

When it comes to the most followed Australians on Twitter, our many world-famous entertainment superstars dominate, with each of them using Twitter to give their massive global fan bases great insider access.

@CodySimpson is the most followed Australian on Twitter and to celebrate, Twitter created an emoji just for him. He was the first person in the world ever to have a Twitter emoji made of their face! 

The @5SOS boys are gaining on him though. 

@Luke5SOS racked up almost 2 million new followers this year 

There are also some new entries to the list, headed by @TroyeSivan who has had an amazing year on Twitter including ReTweets and shoutouts from @Adele and @TaylorSwift13. 

Most Tweeted Emojis around the world

Emojis have become such a huge part of how many of us communicate and sometimes Tweets can be made up entirely of smiley faces or love hearts- just ask Julie Bishop who has been dubbed the Queen of the Emoji for her Tweeting sprees. 

This year we launched a host of Twitter emojis in Australia for Cody Simpson, the Cricket World Cup, footy finals and the ARIA awards which our users have loved using. 

Twitter has compiled the most popular emojis used on the platform in 2015, with ‘face with tears of joy’ taking pride of place as number 1, while ‘smiling face with heart-shaped eyes’ took out number 2. Check out the full list below: 

Australian Top Trends 

People turn to Twitter to follow their passions, with the #hashtag being the perfect way to watch, listen or join a particular conversation.

Check out the below lists for a range of trends, including music, TV, and sport. 

Global data 

As a global, live, real-time, public and conversational platform, the Year on Twitter also transcended Australia’s borders. Check out the below insights from the global Twitter team for an insight into the year that was, from around the world.

Most influential moments

Top pastimes

Top 5 music artists who experienced the most Twitter follower growth in 2015

@taylorswift13 – gained 20 million followers

@katyperry – gained 18 million followers

@justinbieber  – gained 14 million followers

@rihanna – gained 14 million followers

@ArianaGrande – gained 13 million followers 

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Source: Twitter Australia blog

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