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'Boston Marathon' among 2013's most talked about Facebook topics


BOSTON ( -- The April 15 Boston Marathon bombings prompted people from around the world to turn to Facebook, making it one of the most talked about topics of the year.

According to a list released by Facebook on Dec. 9, "Boston Marathon" was the third most mentioned topic on the site in the United States and the eighth worldwide.

Social media emerged as a key tool for disseminating information in the hours and days after the bombings. Users took to Facebook and Twitter to share surveillance photos released by the FBI of the suspects. Others used social media to grieve.

Most Talked About Topics on Facebook in the U.S.:

1. Super Bowl
2. Government Shutdown
3. Boston Marathon
4. Syria Crisis
5. Harlem Shake
6. Pope Francis
7. George Zimmerman
8. Royal Baby
9. Nelson Mandela
10. Presidential Inauguration

Most Talked About Topics on Facebook Worldwide:

1. Pope Francis
2. Election
3. Royal Baby
4. Typhoon
5. Margaret Thatcher
6. Harlem Shake
7. Miley Cyrus
8. Boston Marathon
9. Tour de France
10. Nelson Mandela

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