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Yearender 2022: The most viral moments of the year

Updated on: 29 December,2022 04:42 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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This piece reassesses the ‘most viral’ videos and tweets of the year – 2022.

Yearender 2022: The most viral moments of the year

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The internet has its own discourse. The microblogging and social media sites are in an era of new digital boom with millions of users across the globe and the flow of content is in surge, year by year. From politics to culture, from entertainment to art – netizens often amplify, discuss, criticize, emphasize and brace contents to such an extent that the term ‘viral’ has become a de facto part of the lingo of ‘internet community’.

This piece reassesses the ‘most viral’ videos and tweets of the year – 2022.

Will Smith - Chris Rock slapping incident

In March 2022, American actor Will Smith punched comedian Chris Rock after he got miffed at the latter's joke directed at his wife Jada Pinkett Smith during the 94th Academy Awards. After slapping Rock, Smith walked back and used expletives. The video of the incident went across the internet with people questioning Smith’s conduct, while a major chunk of netizens have also questioned Chris' ‘sense of humor’.

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Elon Musk's Coca Cola tweet

Soon after Elon Musk became the de facto authority of Twitter, he, in a tweet, expressed his will to buy coca-cola. This received millions of reactions on social media platforms.

Kili And Neema Paul’s lip-Sync to a Hindi song

Kili Paul, a Tanzanian influencer, and his video of lip-syncing to the Shershah song ‘Raataan Lambiyan’ with his sister Neema Paul went viral across Internet with many appreciating the performance of Kili and Neema.

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The FIFA World Cup 2022 prediction in 2015

Soon after Argentina won the world cup and Messi’s ‘victorious performance’ – the social media flooded with congratulatory messages. One such tweet, from 2015, predicted Messi’s win in the FIFA World Cup 2022, as the tweet read, “December 18, 2022. 34 year old Leo Messi will win the World Cup and become the greatest player of all time. Check back with me in 7 years.”

The death of Queen Elizabeth

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the social media sites were flooded with messages of condolences. While the internet also witnessed criticism of monarchy, colonialism and imperialism as the news of her death hit the headlines. Many cracked ‘jokes’ in between.

Here’s one such tweet that went viral.

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