Andy Murray winning Wimbledon was most talked about UK topic on Facebook in 2013, while Pope Francis dominated globally

The appointment of Pope Francis was the most talked about topic on Facebook in 2013, while Andy Murray winning Wimbledon has the most popular topic in the UK, research from Facebook has found.

Baroness Margaret Thatcher passing away, the Duchess of Cambridge giving birth to Prince George, Sir Alex Ferguson stepping down as manager of Manchester United and the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 also were among the top ten topics discussed on Facebook in the UK.

The birth of the royal baby and the passing of Margaret Thatcher also made the international list.

The overall major life events for Facebook users, according to timelines, were adding a relationship; getting married; getting engaged and travelling.

Most talked about topics in the UK

1. Andy Murray wins the Wimbledon Championships

2. Baroness Margaret Thatcher passes away

3. Bayern Munich & Borussia Dortmund contest the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium

4. The Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to Prince George

5. Sir Alex Ferguson steps down as manager of Manchester United

6. Call of Duty: Ghosts released on X-Box 360 and PS3

7. England retain the Ashes in cricket

8. The X-Factor returns to UK screens

9. The ‘Bedroom Tax’ is introduced in the UK

10. Grand theft Auto 5 released on X-Box 360 and PS3

Most talked about topics globally

1. Pope Francis

2. Election

3. Royal Baby

4. Typhoon

5. Margaret Thatcher

6. Harlem Shake

7. Miley Cyrus

8. Boston Marathon

9. Tour de France

10. Nelson Mandela

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