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This article was published on January 1, 2014

Watch how ‘Happy New Year’ spread across the world via Twitter as 2014 arrived

Watch how ‘Happy New Year’ spread across the world via Twitter as 2014 arrived

Happy new year on Twitter

It’s not exactly news that people sent tweets to say “Happy New Year” as 2014 arrived in their timezone, but Twitter has put together a neat interactive visualization to show how the message spread around the world in a variety of different languages as New Year’s Day arrived.

The visualization offers both a map and a graph that shows each language’s frequency over time. Unsurprisingly, Spanish, English and Arabic make the strongest showings across the day.

Tweeting “happy new year” around the world