Facebook has just announced the launch of its 2012 Year in Review, along with a feature allowing you to see the 20 biggest moments in your life this year, as judged by Facebook activity around them.

The 2012 Stories page is similar to Google’s Zeitgeist, looking at the top trends across Facebook this year, from memes and events to check-ins and media consumption.

Meanwhile, at www.facebook.com/yearinreview you can see your own year in review in a special timeline, featuring “the 20 biggest moments from your own year, including life events, highlighted posts and your most popular stories.” It’s headed by a frequently-changing collage of top photos from your year.

Across the whole of Facebook, the US Presidential Election was the most popular topic of discussion and Barack Obama the most talked-about public figure, while Fun’s We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) was the top song listened to. Local top trend lists for ten countries around the world are listed for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, India, Italy, Russia and the UK.

Facebook’s data follows the launch earlier today of Google’s traditional Zeitgeist, and a similar report with an interactive, personal element from Twitter yesterday.

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