Pokemon Go makes the list in Facebook's Year in Review

Facebook's year in review wasn't quite that terrible for Niantic Labs, developers and publishers of Pokémon Go, the augmented reality mobile games. As early forecasters had called it "declaring 2016 a truly terrible year", Facebook released its Year in Review that reveals the most-discussed topics around the world on the social network.

Pokémon Go is the no. 3 most talked about global topics in Facebook’s 2016 Year in Review, measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts made between January 1 and November 27, 2016.

While it probably comes as no surprise that the list includes some sad and controversial topics after another, Pokémon Go came in as a bright spot in the year’s pool of misfortunes.

The new phenomenon in mobile gaming recorded millions of people walking around outside, albeit almost losing their sense of direction — as a result of the exposure, just to catch a Pokemon.

And for once, it’s worth noting that discussion by people on Facebook cuts across numerous issues of real substance, as opposed to the usual social media chatters, except of course, there was a deliberate weeding out of fluffy topics to make the list a bit more logically consistent.
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