Weekly Wrap

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - and as we speed towards the end of the year the media are rushing to conclude 2015. So find out what the most talked about, best videos and more below.

Here's what everyone was talking about this year, according to Facebook


Your personal Facebook page is probably filled with wedding and baby photos.

As the year draws to a close, we remember what brought us together in 2015, and look forward the connections we'll make in 2016.

Posted by Facebook on Tuesday, 8 December 2015

But the year was filled with more important things, which Facebook shared in its 2015 Year in Review. The company measured how frequently various topics were mentioned in posts between Jan. 1 and Dec. 1 to rank top 10 lists, ranging from the most discussed global issues to the most noteworthy movies.

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The top 10 most-watched YouTube videos of 2015


Britain's most-viewed video of 2015 was a clip from Britain's Got Talent, YouTube has announced.

The Google-owned video streaming site, used by almost a third of all people on the Internet, has published its annual charts of the most viewed clips of the year.

Also in the top 10 (excluding music videos) were Justin Bieber's 'Carpool Karaoke' appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the official teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and a prank video in which a man surprises his partner by filling his entire home with plastic balls.

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Twitter Will Finally Start Making Money off People Without Twitter Accounts


Twitter announced Thursday that it will start showing ads to its “logged out” audience, a group of roughly 500 million people who visit Twitter every month but who don’t have active user accounts. That means if you click on a tweet that appears in a Google search, for instance, you may see ads on that tweet page or on the tweet creator’s profile.

This is a huge deal for Twitter. First, it’s important to some advertisers, who don’t think Twitter has enough registered users — especially compared to Facebook — to matter, and also to Wall Street, for the same reasons. But the company has argued for years now that its audience is much bigger than the 320 million people who log in each month, and it has been telling Wall Street that it can make money off people without Twitter accounts. Now it’s finally doing that.

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The company just announced that it is debuting a new "Buy Tickets" button on its event pages, allowing users to quickly snag tickets to events, which can be claimed at Will Call windows. Facebook launched the service today, but it is still in pilot mode. The social media giant is working with a small group of artists, promoters, and venues in the Bay Area in this early phase, but it has plans to expand.

According to BuzzFeed, Facebook will not be taking a slice of the ticket prices. In fact, the entire fulfillment process will be handed off to third parties. Facebook has simply created an interface for selling the tickets and will send a confirmation email to the address the user has registered with Facebook.

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Google App Engine Issues Led To Snapchat’s Extended Outage


Popular social application Snapchat has been experiencing an extended outage, which has now been confirmed by the company on its official Twitter account. According to a post from Snapchat Support, some users have been experiencing loading issues when trying to use the app. The team is aware of the problem and working on a fix, the company says, but did not provide an ETA to a resolution or further details

According to a number of posts on Twitter from affected users, however, the problem is not just one where the app fails to load – some report trouble signing in to the service, the inability to view Snapchat Stories, or send videos, among other things. Some users said they tried to uninstall and reinstall the app, or sign out, then back in, but this didn’t help to resolve the problem.

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