Top moments of 2014 on Twitter

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SAN FRANCISCO, California - Pretty much anything can become a trending topic with social media, especially on Twitter. The social media giant released the biggest Twitter moments of 2014. So what were the folks hashtagging, tweeting and re-tweeting this year?

Most recently, #ICantBreathe, after a State Island grand jury did not indict a white officer in the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after the officer used a choke hold.

Similarly, #Ferguson was tweeted nearly 18 million times following the outrage over officer Darren Wilson not being indicted in the shooting death of unarmed teen, Michael Brown.

Those two incidents also spawned #BlackLivesMatter.

Internationally, millions of tweets with #BringBackOurGirls were sent after 200 girls were kidnapped in Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Back at home, #RIPRobinWilliams was a top trend in August after the actor committed suicide.

While it seems Twitter was the top spot for depressing news, it wasn't all sad. The biggest traffic peak of the year, with 618,725 tweets per minute was when Germany won the World Cup. The whole event came in with a grand total of 672 million tweets.

While Kim Kardashian's nude photo shoot with Paper Magazine didn't #breaktheinternet, it did spawn a lot of funny memes and parodies.

But the golden tweet of 2014 was Ellen Degeneres' star-studded, epic selfie at the Oscars. It was re-tweeted more than 3.3 million times.

Twitter, you've been happy, sad and everything in between. Here's looking to #2015!

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