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Facebook launches personalised year-in-review timelines

With 2012 winding down, Facebook is helping users take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about the year that was.

The social network this morning posted its Year in Review for 2012, detailing the most popular public figures, songs, movies, events, and technologies of the year. Facebook is also giving users a chance to reflect on their own important moments of 2012, with the addition of personalised Year in Review timelines.

Users can revisit the biggest moments on their Facebook timeline this year by navigating to The personalized Year in Review roundup shows your top 20 Facebook moments in 2012, including life events, highlighted posts, and your most popular stories. It also shows how many friends you added and pages you liked during the year.

Facebook users were not at a loss for things to post about this year, thanks to popular movies like The Hunger Games and memes like YOLO [you only live once]. The US presidential election was the most talked-about event of the year on Facebook, followed by the Superbowl XLVI, the death of Whitney Houston, Superstorm Sandy, and the London 2012 Olympics.

The band Fun had the most popular song of the year with "We Are Young" (feat. Janelle Monáe). Gotye's hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" came in second, followed by Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction, and "Payphone" by Maroon 5.

As for movies, The Hunger Games was most buzzed-about, followed by The Avengers, Magic Mike, The Vow, and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

The most talked-about technologies of the year were Instagram, Facebook's timeline, Pinterest, the game Draw Something, and the iPhone 5.

The NY Giants and the New England Patriots were the most popular sports teams, while Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo were the most-watched TV shows in the US. The meme TBH [to be honest] took top honors in a category that also included Gangnam Style, Big Bird, and the notorious Cinnamon Challenge.

Facebook isn't the only company to look back on 2012. The year on Twitter was dominated by trends like Justin Bieber and Barack Obama. The micro-blogging site also allowed people to visualize their year in Twitter via a partnership with Vizify.