Canadians flocked to Twitter in record numbers in 2015.
We cheered on @TeamCanada at #WJC2015 and celebrated #OdinBirthday.
We followed @NDPalberta during their historic #abpoli win and hosted the world during #FIFAWWC and #TO2015.
We listened as @norm held a Twitter-based wake for #deadraccoonTO and we listened more when he defended @drake during his beef with @MeekMill.
We watched (and made memes) of the @JoeyBats19’s #BatFlip and followed to-the-second as @JustinTrudeau promised #RealChange to Canadians during his #elxn42 victory.
2015’s Top Canadian Tweets, Retweets and Hashtags
October 19, 2015 saw the highest volume of Tweets for the year as Canadians used their “second screen” to follow #elxn42 Election Night and the @BlueJays win during Game 3 of the #ALCS in tandem. More than 5.5 million Tweets were sent by Canadians on the date.
@JustinBieber had seven of the Top 10 most Retweeted Canadian Tweets for 2015. @Drake had two Tweets in the Top 10 and the other came from Toronto city councillor Norm Kelly (@norm) as he came to Drake’s defense during his online beef with @MeekMill. By year end, @norm had gained more than 200,000 Twitter followers for the year.
Here is a list of Canada’s Top 10 most Retweeted Tweets for 2015:
Key hashtags also drove the Canadian Twitter conversation in 2015. Here are the Top 10 most used “Made in Canada” hashtags that Canadians used in 2015:
- #cdnpoli - Canadian federal politics
- #BellLetsTalk - Mental health
- #elxn42 - 42nd general election
- #BlueJays - Toronto Blue Jays baseball
- #ComeTogether - Toronto Blue Jays baseball
- #FIFAWWC - FIFA Women’s World Cup
- #GoHabsGo - Montreal Canadiens hockey
- #habs - Montreal Canadiens hockey
- #TMLTalk - Toronto Maple Leafs hockey
- #TO2015 - 2015 Pan Am Games
Canada’s Top Tweeters for 2015
2015 was a year of milestones for Canadians on Twitter. @JustinBieber became just the second Twitter account to hit the 70 million follower mark (@katyperry is the other). #6GOD @Drake surpassed 25 million followers while Twitter fave @carlyraejepsen passed 10 million followers.
Several other Canadians hit the 1,000,000 follower mark in 2015:
Canadian newsmakers across the country picked up thousands of new Twitter followers in 2015. Here is a quick snapshot of most followed Canadian on Twitter, as of early December 2015.
- Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister - @JustinTrudeau
- Stephen Harper, MP for Calgary Heritage - @stephenharper
- Naheed Nenshi, Calgary mayor - @nenshi
- Denis Codere, Montreal mayor - @DenisCodere
- Elizabeth May, Federal Green Party leader and MP for Saanich—Gulf Islands - @ElizabethMay
- Justin Bieber - @JustinBieber
- Drake - @drake
- Avril Lavigne - @avrillavigne
- Carly Rae Jepsen - @carlyraejepsen
- Shawn Mendes - @ShawnMendes
Canadian Professional Athletes
- Georges St-Pierre, UFC - @GeorgesStPierre
- P.K. Subban, NHL - @PKSubban1
- Roberto Luongo, NHL - @strombone1
- Genie Bouchard, ATP - @geniebouchard
- Steven Stamkos, NHL - @RealStamkos91
Canadian Professional Sports Teams
- Toronto Blue Jays, Major League Baseball - @BlueJays
- Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL - @MapleLeafs
- Montreal Canadiens, NHL - @CanadiensMTL
- Toronto Raptors, NBA - @Raptors
- Vancouver Canucks, NHL - @VanCanucks