Twitter is often the first place we turn when we want to know what people are saying about current events. While it doesn't have the user base that Facebook does, it does have a wealth of real time information from around the world/country about every major news event. This has been, for the past several years, the best place to see public opinion and analysis.
Echelon Insights released the following infographic looking at the most talked about news topics in the U.S. in 2014 based on 184.5 million Twitter mentions:
As you can see, Ferguson and Eric Garner combined was the top most talked about story, which doesn't come as much of a surprise. This was followed by the midterms, ebola, Israel, and Iraq.
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