The Rio 2016 Olympics proved to be the most popular topic of last year on Twitter.
The North-east played a big role in some of the top 10 trends on the social networking site, with a number of sports stars, politicians and even the President Elect.
The top 10 trends were Rio2016, Election2016, PokemonGo, Euro2016, Oscars, Brexit, BlacklivesMatter, Trump, RIP and GameofThrones.
Aberdeen’s Dame Katherine Grainger was the talk of the Olympics as she became the most decorated female British Olympian ever.
The 41-year-old defied the odds with partner Vicky Thornley to claim a rowing double sculls silver.
The Rio success means Dame Katherine, who was made a dame in the New Year Honours list, has secured a medal at the past five successive games.
She said at the time: “I don’t think we could have done any more.
“I remember at the start of this campaign feeling that if I could come out with anything, a medal of any kind, it would probably be my greatest achievement.”
Robbie Renwick may have called time on his swimming career but the Aberdeen man played a big part in Team GB’s success in Rio.
It was supposed to be the dullest of Holyrood elections, but in the end it turned out to be anything but.
The SNP almost had a clean sweep in the North-east constituency results but Alexander Burnett from the Scottish Conservatives gained Aberdeenshire West for the party.
There was drama at the North-east regional list count – after claims a relative of one of the candidates was on the counting team.
A complaint was made after the sister of Aberdeen Central and regional list candidate Lewis Macdonald was seen counting votes.
As a result, a recount of the Donside area list votes was carried out, delaying the result announcement, which eventually saw four Conservatives, Alex Johnstone, Ross Thomson, Peter Chapman and Liam Kerr, two Labour, Jenny Marra and Mr Macdonald, and one Lib Dem, Mike Rumbles, elected.
In July, Pokemon mania gripped the whole of the UK including the North-east as people sought out Pikachu, pictured, and other Pokemon.
The Pokemon Go app which uses augmented reality technology attracted legions of fans with pokemaniacs spotted across landmarks in the North-east.
Safety concerns were raised by a number of North-east politicians and Police Scotland.
Former Aberdeen FC player Kari Arnason was in dreamland this year after helping to humiliate England at Euro 2016.
It was Arnason’s knock-on that allowed Iceland’s Ragnar Sigurdsson to score the equaliser against England.
England manager Roy Hodgson ended up quitting after his side were beaten 2-1 by Iceland, a country whose 330,000 population is the same as Leicester’s, to record the most embarrassing result in their football history.
Brexit has continued to be a controversial topic across the whole of the country but in the North-east every region voted to remain.
In Moray the vote was particularly close with remain coming out on top by only 122 votes.
In the Granite City the vote was more clear cut with 63,985 voting to remain in the EU and 40,729 voting to leave.
Angus was the first of the North-east regions to declare their results, with more than 55% voting to remain. Turnout was 68.01%.
North-east golf course owner Donald Trump has shocked the world by becoming the President Elect of the United States.
The celebrity tycoon beat Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, getting over the 270 electoral votes needed to secure victory in the early hours of November 8.
Mr Trump is due to be sworn in as US President on January 20.
It was a sad year with a host of celebrity deaths. In the North-east we also lost long-serving MSP Alex Johnstone to cancer.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson paid tribute to the “proper true blue Tory” at his funeral.
She hailed the North East Scotland MSP, who died at the age of 55, as being “such a big figure” in the party, the Scottish Parliament and public life.
Aberdeen singing legend Annie Lennox posted a tribute to David Bowie who also died in 2016.
She said: “Like a gazillion other people, I feel stunned by the news that David Bowie has departed this earth.
“At the loss of someone who has impacted and influenced your life, you can hardly begin to measure the shape of what’s left behind.
“Our personal and collective inner landscape has shifted and we’re trying to come to terms with it.”