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'X Factor' Rylan Clark, London 2012 top Facebook trends of 2012

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London 2012, Fifty Shades of Grey and Rylan Clark's emotional outbursts have been named among Facebook's top trends of the year in the UK.

The death of Whitney Houston, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and The Avengers also made the end-of-year list for 'Most talked-about' subject matter.

The X Factor Final: Rylan Clarke

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Theme parks Alton Towers and Thorpe Park were the top two locations with the most check-ins during the calendar year, followed by Trafford Centre and Hyde Park, with Leicester Square rounding off the top five.

Facebook also revealed which songs have the most plays through the social network's Spotify integration, naming Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' as the most popular.

Rihanna, David Guetta, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J also had tracks in the top 10.

Earlier this week, Google revealed its hottest trends of 2012, also naming the Olympic Games and Whitney Houston among its fastest-growing searches of the year.

Top Facebook trends of 2012 in full:

Facebook 2012 Trends: Most talked-about

1. London Olympics
2. Fifty Shades of Grey
3. Rylan Clark
4. Death of Whitney Houston
5. The Diamond Jubilee of Queen
6. One Direction
7. The Avengers
8. Goodbye Blue
9. YOLO (You Only Live Once)
10. Usain Bolt

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the Heptathlon, at the London 2012 Olympics at she will unveil her new plaque on Sheffield's Hollywood-style Walk of Fame when she returns to her home city.

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Facebook 2012 Trends: Most check-ins

1. Alton Towers
2. Thorpe Park Official
3. Trafford Centre
4. Hyde Park
5. Leicester Square
6. Covent Garden
7. The O2
8. Buckingham Palace
9. Westfield Stratford City
10. Olympic Village

To celebrate the arrival of free WiFi from The Cloud WiFi at Alton Towers Resort, TOWIE stars Joey Essex and Sam Faiers were put through their paces today with challenges that the British public submitted through Twitter.


Facebook 2012 Trends: Most listened to songs

1. Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye
2. We Are Young - Fun feat Janelle Monae
3. We Found Love - Rihanna
4. Titanium - David Guetta feat Sia
5. Too Close - Alex Clare
6. The A-Team - Ed Sheeran
7. Wild Ones - Flo Rida feat Sia
8. Whistle - Flo Rida
9. Domino - Jessie J
10. Drive By - Train

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