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The World Cup 2014 saw more people sharing comments, pictures and videos over social media than any other event in history.

On BBC Trending, we've been looking at key matches, trends and memes. But here's more detail on the numbers that tell the story of World Cup 2014 on social media:

Most tweets from a single event
Twitter most-discussed event

The most talked-about game of the World Cup was not the final, but Brazil's 7-1 defeat by Germany in the semi-finals.

On Twitter it attracted 35.6m tweets during the game. The figure is a Twitter record for the most-discussed single sports game ever. Only the World Cup Final came close with 35.1m tweets.

Before the World Cup the most tweeted about event was the Superbowl XLVIII in 2013 that saw 24.9 million tweets.

Record number of tweets per minute

The most tweets per minute came during the World Cup Final. The one-nil result saw 618,725 tweets per minute - another record for the social network.

This beat the previous record set in the Brazil v Germany semi-final when Sami Khedira scored the fifth goal for Germany before half-time with just over 580,000 tweets per minute.

Billions of interactions on Facebook
Facebook 1 billion interactions

Sporting events tend to generate high levels of chatter on Facebook, but the World Cup has been exceptional. It created the largest conversation for any event in history.

During the second round there were a billion World Cup-related posts, comments and "likes" - with 220 million Facebook users involved.

According to Facebook's data editors at the time, they had never before had an event - sporting or otherwise - reach the figure of a billion interactions.

By the end of the World Cup, social engagement on Facebook pushed the overall figure to three billion interactions, involving 350 million people.

The most popular conversations were around the World Cup Final with 88 million people generating 280 million interactions - making the game the single most talked-about sporting event in Facebook history.

Google's most popular searches

There were over 2.1 billion World Cup-related searches on Google.

The most searched players worldwide during the tournament were Brazil's Neymar Jr at number one, followed by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, then Argentina's Lionel Messi.

Neymar Jr was in third place, but after his back was injured and he was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup, there was a spike in searches. His search volume increased 10 times his average on the day of his injury and he has been the most searched player ever since.

Many also used Google to search for particular goals. Top of the list was the Netherlands' Robin van Persie flying header against Spain, then Messi's against Iran, and next was Colombia's James Rodriguez against Uruguay.

The most searched matches were topped by the goal fest between Brazil and Germany, second was the Netherlands' 5-1 win against the then current champions Spain, and third was the knock-out game where the USA's dream ended with a 2-1 defeat against Belgium.

Google Trends graphic

Reporting by Andree Massiah

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