Four of Singapore's most influential moments on Twitter in 2015

SINGAPORE - From the emotional low of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's death to the jubilant high surrounding the nation's SG50 celebrations, Singaporeans took to Twitter to share their thoughts and memories.

Local users sent out tweets in record-high numbers during several milestone events this year.

Here are four of the most influential moments in Singapore's Twittersphere:

1. Death of Mr Lee Kuan Yew on March 23


People lining the streets to send off Mr Lee Kuan Yew during his state funeral procession on March 29. PHOTO: ST FILE

#RememberingLKY dominated Twitter news feeds in Singapore, with users expressing their grief and celebrating Mr Lee's life in equal measure.

A total of 1.2 million tweets with the hashtag were sent out in the week following Mr Lee's death. Some of the top tweets included poignant scenes of Singaporeans braving the rain to send off Mr Lee during the funeral procession.

2. National Day Parade on Aug 9


Spectators at the Padang watching F-16 fighter jets forming the number 50 on Aug 9. PHOTO: ST FILE

This year's National Day Parade at the Padang set a local Twitter record for most number of tweets generated during a one-day event.

Over 230,000 tweets with the hashtags #SG50 and #NDP2015 were recorded asthe nation came together to celebrate its 50th birthday.

3. General Election 2015


People's Action Party (right) and Workers' Party supporters at Fengshan Nomination Centre on Sept 1. PHOTO: ST FILE

With the local Twitterati taking turns at playing political pundit, the entire election period from Aug 22 to Sept 13 garnered more than 360,000 tweets.

4. Haze in Singapore


The CBD skyline shrouded in haze on Oct 23. PHOTO: ST FILE

 

The haze returned to plague Singapore, as irate users bemoaned the deterioration in air quality with the hashtag #SGHaze.

There were some 250,000 tweets on this topic, ranging from Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) updates to images of the slowly disappearing skyline.