Friday's landmark decision legalizing gay marriage across the country caused quite a surge on social media. As Yasmin Aslam writes at MSNBC

The impact on Facebook in just one hour after the decision by the Court was monumental. The likes, posts and shares by 3.8 million people in the U.S. resulted in 10.1 million interactions in that time alone based on data provided by Facebook Insights. Simultaneously, Instagram and Twitter erupted into a storm of photo, quote, meme and video sharing. In the four hours after the decision was announced, there were more than 6.2 million Tweets about the Supreme Court’s ruling. As the news broke, the number of Tweets spiked, eventually peaking at roughly 20,000 Tweets per Minute as reported by Twitter.
Among the top hashtags used were: #Pride, #LoveIsLove, #MarriageEquality and #EqualityForAll. But #LoveWins quickly rose to become the top trending of the day after President Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and numerous celebrities, including J.K. Rowling began to use the hashtag. By nightfall, the hashtag had over five million Twitter mention.
The news also caused a sharp spike in searches on Google as people rushed onto the web to find out what the decision meant. According to Google Trends, the most searched question was, “Is gay marriage legal?.” Popular queries included “marriage equality”, “love wins” and “supreme court” with over 2 million searches for the term “gay marriage” alone. Many also sought clarification on the ruling, searching the term “fourteenth amendment”, but as people started to understand that states now had to both license a marriage between two people of the same sex and recognize the marriage of same-sex couples performed in another state, the queries turned to questions about how the Justices voted and about President Obama’s remarks.


AuthorKyle McCarthy