The world may not have ended on Dec. 21 and there weren't any much-fretted global catastrophes, but the year still held several surprises if you were a political junkie in the Tri-State.
CINCINNATI - Like it, post it, share it or comment on it — Facebook has been a meeting place where people talk about their lives, their interests and, of course, the news. Many people took to Facebook in 2012 to talk about news and trends on the WCPO - 9 On Your Side Facebook page and several topics dominated the conversation.
Below are the top nine Facebook posts on the WCPO - 9 On Your Side Facebook page in 2012 based on comments, views and shares.
But our list doesn't have to end here. Tell us in the comment section below about what you were talking about on Facebook in 2012.
The Tri-State loved that Black Shelton won "Entertainer of the Year" at the 2012 County Music Awards in November and they used Facebook to share their thoughts. The post below was our best post of 2012 with more the 82,000 views, hundreds of comments and more than 42,000 "likes."
In July, 9 News anchor Clyde Gray interviewed President Barack Obama and every part of the day was captured through the WCPO - 9 On Your Side Facebook page. From the security sweep to the one-on-one with the POTUS, fans got an up close and personal look at Gray's interactions. The post was one of the year's best with more than 22,000 views.
This summer's heated Chick-fil-A drama involving same-sex marriage sparked a great deal of debate around the county and Tri-State residents were not scared to sound off, too. A series of posts about Chick-fil-A during the controversy all saw fantastic engagement on 9 On Your Side's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Posts, like the one below, received tens of thousands of views and hundreds of comments.
As much as people love a celebrity breakdown, they would rather hear that people are doing good deeds with their fame and money — and after the roller coaster that has been Charlie Sheen's life, it was nice to see a Reds fan connecting with the community in a big way. Sheen's donation of $50,000 to the Reds Community Fund garnered more than 16,000 views in August.
After Clyde Gray's extended medical leave this year, he came back to the station in November and the Tri-State embraced him with open arms. More than 15,000 viewers and fans took to Facebook to welcome Gray back to the station and posted more than 150 comments of support.
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The outpouring of love and support we saw for Kathrine Nero when she revealed she was battling breast cancer was remarkable. Nero shared something very personal with the community, and while this isn't the kind of news people want to be getting from someone they care about and admire, this shows how powerful and personal platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become in connecting people. The post had more than 14,000 viewers.
When suspected robbers broke into a 92-year-old man's Northern Kentucky home in September, he didn't stand for it and he shot and killed one of the suspects. The Tri-State was full of praise for this man who refused to become a victim and protected his life, property and liberties. More than 11,000 people saw the post and more than 130 people offered their comments about the case.
From campaign stops in the Tri-State to debates to Election Night, the Tri-State took to social media to tell us what they thought about the candidates and the democratic process. There's no denying the presidential election dominated Facebook and Twitter in 2012. Posts, like the one below, received more than 9,000 views and more than 300 comments.
9. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts
Who doesn't love the Peanuts gang? Our pictures of Charlie Brown's Halloween, Christmas and Thanksgiving shows reminded people that their favorite classics were airing on Channel 9 that night and they got the Tri-State excited to share some of their favorite Charlie Brown memories! The Thanksgiving post below had more than 7,000 views and more than 200 "shares."
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