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As many might agree, 2015 was a huge year for social media. Looking back over the year, you'll discover how social media furthered marriage equality, consoled victims of terrorism, kept us entertained and informed, and sometimes even made us laugh.
Here are the 10 most memorable social media moments of 2015.
10. Tot's First Tweet
It was only a matter of time before North West, daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, took tweeting into her own hands (literally). The 2-year-old tot, who just welcomed baby bother Saint into her life, got ahold of Mom's phone this month and ended up publishing her very first tweet. The compelling message read: "jhjhh'/" at 9:55 p.m. on Dec. 13.
Moments later, Kim cleared up the confusion among her millions of followers and wrote, "Just realized North tweeted."
Although we're still in the dark about what North was trying to tell us, we're pleased to see her social media skills are on the fast track to perfection.
9. The Combination of Donald Trump's Twitter Account and His Presidential Campaign
Keep out the Mexicans, ban the Muslims and offend as many people as possible on Twitter might top Donald Trump's New Year's resolutions list this year. And from the looks of it, he's got a pretty good start already. The businessman turned front-running Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump has been making headlines since his campaign announcement in August. Meanwhile, the realty mogul has maintained his presence on Twitter, often causing quite the stir. Some of his more prominent tweets include:
"When will people, and the media, start to apologize to me for my statement, 'Mexico is sending…', which turned out to be true? El Chapo"
"I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany"
"The last thing our country needs is another BUSH! Dumb as a rock!"
"Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain. He was terrible at DEBATE!"
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8. Adele and Jimmy Fallon's 'Hello' Cover
It's safe to say that if there's a list recapping the best and biggest moments of 2015, Adele will be on it. The 27-year-old released her new album, 25, right before the Thanksgiving holiday. The U.K. native and mother of one paid her dues at SNL performing her hit single as well a live performance in New York before the holidays.
It was her cover with Jimmy Fallon and his counterpart band, The Roots, that took the Internet by storm, though. Check out the performance featuring Adele's earth shattering vocals with some help from toy instruments.
7. #PrayForParis Peace Sign
In the wake of the Paris massacre on Nov. 13, in which 128 people were violently killed across Paris, a poignant visual made waves on social media. The now-famous Eiffel Tower within a peace sign spoke volumes on behalf of the people who lost their lives, lost loved ones and lost faith after the violent attack on the City of Light.
Jean Jullien, a French graphic designer, illustrated the "Peace for Paris" emblem that is still being shared more than a month later. The image has captured the eyes of celebrities, politicians, humanitarians and civilians alike.
6. Kendall Jenner's Most-Liked Instagram
Sorry Kim, but Kendall Jenner scored the winning picture for most-liked Instagram of 2015. The 20-year-old model channeled some Pinterest inspiration when posing from the floor with her dark locks mimicking a string of hearts. The Victoria's Secret angel hit more than three million likes on the rather avant-garde look.
5. Steve Harvey Has the Last Laugh
One week after Steve Harvey mistakenly named the wrong winner at the Miss Universe pageant, the Family Feud host took the opportunity to poke fun at his blunder on Christmas morning. His social media followers went lovably nuts for the funny post.
After accidentally announcing Miss Colombia as the winner instead of the real winner, Miss Philippines, Harvey shared a photo of himself smoking a cigar and saying, "Merry Easter y'all!" along with some Christmas tree emojis. The post was shared and liked thousands of times between Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
4. Legalized Gay Marriage Takes Control of Twitter
It goes without saying that a monumental piece of history was made this summer when the Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality was to become the law of the land. Besides celebrities, advocates and politicians tweeting their support for the decision, President Obama shared on Twitter: "Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins"
With that, the #LoveWins hashtag was one of the top trending hashtags of the year, right behind the hashtag #PrayForParis referencing the Paris attacks in mid-November.
3. New York Magazine's Bill Cosby Cover on Instagram
Although 2014 was the start of Bill Cosby's problems, it was 2015 when those issues multiplied. Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson, both models, came forward last year with disturbing drug and rape accusations against the former Cosby Show celebrity. Since those revelations, more than four dozen women have come forward sharing similar stories—waking up next to Cosby with no recollection of what happened.
Near the end of summer 2015, New York Magazine featured a large handful of Cosby's alleged victims for a cover shoot. Even more compelling were the stories inside—many from former models, actresses and colleagues of Cosby's between the 1970s and 2000, roughly.
Since the accusations (and the cover), Cosby has filed defamation suits against Beverly Johnson and others. His wife of over 50 years continues to stand by his side as various institutions and organizations have rescinded honors previously presented to the 78-year-old comedian.
So far, 46 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, in some cases, according to a recently unsealed deposition, with the aid of quaaludes—a powerful sedative that can render a person functionally immobile. But these allegations are by no means new, with some stretching back decades—to a time when the culture of rape in America left victims little recourse but to suffer silently, and in shame. Today, the way we think and talk about rape has evolved, creating a safer space for survivors to feel empowered by speaking up and reclaiming their victimhood. And that’s led us here. Of the 46 women who have come forward to accuse Cosby, we spoke to 35 of them — “a sorrowful sisterhood” of women united by their dark experiences, steadfast in their resolve to remain silent no more. Read more: nymag.com/cosby-women. Photo: Amanda Demme
2. When Caitlyn Jenner First Appeared on Instagram
It happened on a Monday, when no one was expecting it, especially since Bruce Jenner's Diane Sawyer interview had barely been out for a month. And just the night before during the Keeping Up With The Kardashians season 10 finale, Kim Kardashian West announced she was pregnant with her second child. Of course the public was eager to see Bruce Jenner's transition into a woman. However, no one was prepared for the unveiling of Caitlyn Jenner on Monday afternoon, June 1, when Vanity Fair revealed Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) donning a gold satin bustier and full head of brunette curls. The father and grandfather of many officially broke the Internet. Sorry again, Kim.
1. When Caitlyn Jenner Broke the Twitter Record
Moments after Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the public on the July cover of Vanity Fair, the 66-year-old transgender icon was an active Twitter user after years of staying silent as her former identity, Bruce. Jenner's VF intro was so welcomed that she broke Barack Obama's following record for one million followers. The staggering follow number took Obama five hours after joining, while it only took Jenner four. She was honored with an award from Twitter, as featured on her E! docu-series, I Am Cait.