SwiftKey is one the most popular, if not the most popular third-party keyboards available on Android. And from being the biggest keyboard alternative out there, there are a lot of users where they can gather data from. And since you already give SwiftKey permission to watch your typing habits, to improve their word suggestions and stuff, they can see what topics were the most popular. Which is exactly what they’ve done here. They’ve broken it down by month as to what topics were the most popular this year. It’s a pretty interesting report.
In January, you’ll see that Syria Peace Talks was the most popular, with Richard Sherman being an honorable mention. Sherman plays for the Seattle Seahawks and January was part of their playoff run leading to the Superbowl which they won. In February, Winter Olympics was the most popular, which shouldn’t be a huge surprise given how popular the olympics are. Next up is March, which is when that Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared (it was pretty similar to the recent AirAsia flight that disappeared last weekend), so naturally that was the most popular topic. Some of the other topics are not surprising at all like World Cup, Ice Bucket Challenge, the iPhone 6, Ferguson Grand Jury, and ISIS.
SwiftKey has broken down the month of November to show us how many days specific topics were popular. At the top of the list is Black Friday, The Grand Jury, and the Ebola Virus, not to mention some other notable phrases. It’s really interesting to see what people were talking about during different parts of the year, in 2014. It’ll be even more interesting to see Twitter post data like this. Since more people use Twitter then SwiftKey, also up until the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 came out, SwiftKey was only on Android, which meant this data is mostly only from Android users, and to see “The iPhone 6” as the most popular topic, is pretty surprising.