Cyber attacks are nothing new in today's digital world. However, the increase in suspected state-sponsored attacks against individuals has generated concern amongst the global tech community.
In October of this year, Facebook revealed its plans to notify users suspected of being victim to such attacks and guide them towards increasing the security of their accounts. Years earlier, in 2012, Google had implemented similar warnings in its Gmail service along with recommendations such as enabling two-factor authentication and increasing password entropy.
The Paris terror attacks, the legalization of same-sex marriage in the US and Bruce Jenner's transformation to Caitlyn sent people rushing to Twitter this past year.
The microblogging site published on Sunday its annual analysis of the top tweets, trends and hashtags from the past year.
The diversity of the 2015 topics underscores Twitter's role as a soapbox for people's passions about politics, news, entertainment, sports and, well, gossip. As always, breaking news spreads quickly on Twitter, which then acts as a public forum for thoughts, riffs and self-expression in 140-character tidbits and short videos. The site itself has tried to tap into that interest by introducing in the fall the Moments feature, which highlights trending events in the hopes of triggering conversations and driving more traffic.