#Zeitgeist: Twitter has unveiled the most popular trending topics of the year and while the modern world continues to change in amazing new ways, you're all a pretty traditional bunch - Royal babies, Wimbledon and Football were the most talked-about topics.
The birth of the Prince of Cambridge in July, which was announced both on an easel at Buckingham Palace and on Twitter, sparked a frenzy of excitement on the social networking site which spread rapidly across the world.
A spike in conversation came in the minutes following the initial announcement, with more than 25,300 tweets per minute.
At the time, Twitter said the highest volumes of conversation came from the UK, the United States, Canada, France and Italy.
A popular debate surrounding baby George left Twitter users guessing what name the future king would be given.
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The day after his birth, more than 18,000 people a minute tweeted about the royal prince as he made his first public appearance with his parents on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.
The first sighting of the infant with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was also "live-tweeted'' by the Royal Family's official ClarenceHouse Twitter account, which provides updates about the couple, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Harry.
Leading figures including Prime Minister David Cameron and the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby took to the site to share their joy on hearing the news of the latest addition to the royal family.
But the world's most popular message, with 408,000 Retweets, had a different flavour:
Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart. pic.twitter.com/XVlZnh9vOc
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 29, 2013
And although it got people talking, the announcement of the royal baby's birth failed to generate the same flurry of activity on social media as Andy Murray's historic Wimbledon victory earlier in the month which amassed 120,000 tweets per minute, or the election of Pope Francis in March which sparked a massive 132,000 tweets per minute.
Contributing to the thousands of celebratory tweets following Murray's tennis triumph were figures as diverse as Mr Cameron, Victoria Beckham and millionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.
Elsewhere in the sporting world, football dominated the biggest spikes in UK Twitter traffic, with seven of the top 10 topics in terms of tweets per second being about the beautiful game.
The moment that Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League after being beaten by Real Madrid took the number one spot, while England's draw with Brazil in a friendly to mark the official reopening of the Maracana stadium ahead of the Brazil 2014 World Cup and when Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final second leg completing the top five.
Above: The top trending lists for 2013
Also achieving some of the most tweets per second was Mumford and Sons' closing set at Glastonbury in June, with millions marking the moment the band were joined on stage by The Vaccines and Vampire Weekend to sing Beatles classic With A Little Help From My Friends.
The iPhone 6 Apple's largest ever iPhone, both in terms of physical size and popularity. The phone is already smashing the company's own pre-order records and the handset's arrival caused almost every network site to crash. So what's all the fuss about? Well you get a larger, thinner iPhone with a 4.7-inch screen or 5.5-inch display if you chose the iPhone 6 Plus. It features a new 8MP camera with uprated optics as well as a faster more efficient processor.
The Sony Xperia Z3 is the perfect example of 'if it ain't broke' thinking. Design changes are minimal but practical with soft rubber corners protecting against drops. The new Z3 comes packing a massive 5.2-inch screen but thanks to smaller bezels it keeps the same small footprint. It'll play HD audio and shoot 4K. That's not all though, Sony's boasting a whopping two-day battery life.
The Motorola Moto X 2 is significant for two reasons, the first of which is that you can almost entirely design it yourself. The new Moto X heralds the arrival of Moto Maker to the UK which means you can choose from literally thousands of different design options. On top of that you get a stunning 5.2-inch display that's matched with a phone that measures in at just 3.8mm at its thinnest point. Thanks to Motorola's agreement with Google it's pure Android and will get updates from Google as soon as they're announced. For now, this is your Nexus replacement.
This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and it shows the biggest departure from Samsung's design thinking yet. Gone is the cheap plasticky body, replaced with a thin metal frame and smooth leather back. The screen is still 5.7-inches but Samsung's upped the resolution to a massive 2K.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is the company's first big attempt to take on the iPhone at its own game. That means the Alpha ditches Samsung's previous love of plastics in favour or a stunningly thin metal frame. The 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display may not be Full-HD but it packs enough colour that you probably won't care. It also comes with all the class-leading features you'll find on the S5 including a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate monitor on the back.
The Nokia Lumia 930 looks set to be the flagship Windows Phone of 2014. With the all-new Windows Phone 8.1 OS it'll sport customisable lock screens, the ability to set wallpapers for all your tiles and later in the year you'll have access to Microsoft's answer to Siri: Cortana. It also happens to be a seriously powerful smartphone as well with a 5-inch Full-HD display, 20MP camera and professional levels of film recording thanks to four mics for full stereo pickup.
The LG G3 improves on last year's already-great G2 with a 'Quad' HD screen (5.5 inches at 500 pixels per inch), a laser on the back to improve auto-focus, a simplified user interface and a metallic-plastic case.
The 2014 update to the HTC One builds on the same hardware features that won the original such a fanatical response, but keeps the essential DNA intact. The massive front-facing speakers are 25% louder, the UltraPixel camera adds a second lens for depth perception (so you can refocus an image after shooting it), and there's a 5-megapixel 'Selfie' front facing lens too. [REVIEW]
This year's Galaxy S adds water resistance, a slightly larger screen, a 16-megapixel camera and a heart-rate sensor into what was already a market-leading, powerful and sleekly designed device. It doesn't rock the boat too much, but it didn't need to. This is still up there with the very best Android phones.
The 5C was rumoured to be Apple's 'budget' iPhone. It isn't - and not only because it isn't that cheap. The "proudly plastic" 5C comes in five colours (see what they did there) but has the same internals, screen and camera as the iPhone 5. It's essentially the same beautiful, high-end phone you already know and love, in a more colourful (and potentially divisive) design. As such it's hard to see how Apple won't sell a billion of them.
While the election of a new pontiff may be a centuries-old process it captured the imagination of the modern age - prompting seven million mentions on Twitter.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Rome for the historic event, while millions more trained their eyes on the Sistine Chapel from afar and flooded the internet with updates.
Cardinal of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio's election dominated online discussion to such a degree that it became the subject of eight of the top 10 trending topics at one point, according to Twitter.
Twerking - the risque dance move made famous by US star Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards in August - became a sensation both offline and on Twitter.
One of the most talked about moments of the night - and in the showbiz year - both Cyrus, her twerking and her foam finger prop took the site by storm as people expressed mainly shock and disapproval.
With almost 25 million unique followers between them, it comes as no surprise the 1D movie premiere took over the Twitter conversation.
As Harry, Zayn, Louis, Niall and Liam took to the red carpet in London's Leicester Square for One Direction: This Is Us in August, fans around the world tweeted about the band and the film.
There were more than 3.6 million related tweets on the day, and in 24 hours there were more than 1.9 million tweets using the hashtag #1DMoviePremiere.
Three of the five most retweeted messages of the year also came from members of the boyband.