It’s been a year of ups and downs — but as far as Twitter is concerned, 2017 may have had more low points than high ones.
Thousands have been using the hashtag #2017in4words to sum up the past year as best as they can in one very short phrase, and while some are focusing on happy moments, many seem to think things have been pretty bleak since January 1.
But, as one person from London ominously pointed out with just four words: ‘It’s not over yet.’
It gets much worse: Twitter users are summing up the past year in short tweets
The hashtag is popular: They’re using the hashtag #2017in4words, which is still trending
So, so, so bad: Everyone seems to feel bad about how the year went
Everyone’s doing bad things: Several commented on all the sexual harassment and assault scandals
Yes maybe all men: The scandals have been on everyone’s minds
Celebs chiming in too: Even Alyssa Milano added to the tweets
Some Twitter users stuck to a simple summary of the dreary year. One pointed out how some people thought it couldn’t get worse than 2016 — and then 2017 happened.
‘Hold my beer 2016,’ they wrote.
‘S*** hitting the fan,’ wrote another, while others ventured summaries like ‘an ugly train wreck,’ ‘surprisingly we still alive,’ ‘was it a joke?’ and ‘disappointed but not surprised.’
‘Nobody follows the rules anymore,’ wrote one, who cleverly used five words to prove that he, too, wasn’t following the rules.
Others got into specifics, particularly calling out the crush of sexual assault and harassment scandals.
The President loves Twitter: A few people cracked jokes about Trump’s Twitter habit
More about his thoughts: Some commented on more than one thing in just four words — with the help of pictures
Women’s movement gets big: The Women’s March Twitter account chimed in
It’s a national travesty: Several made political statements, like this man who drew attention to the fact that Flint, Michigan still needs clean water
Taking a big stance: Some commented on the rash of gun violence and what they think should be done to prevent omre
Both sides speak up: Liberals and conservatives criticized their opponents in four words each
Sort of pleading fifth: Some Twitter users commented on specific news events
‘men behaving really badly,’ wrote one. ‘Your idol’s a scumbag,’ wrote another. ‘Me too. Her too,’ wrote actress Alyssa Milano.
While the sex scandals have been a problem for both sides of the political spectrum, many of the tweets took one side or the other.
‘I really miss Obama,’ wrote several Twitter users. Also commenting on Trump, others wrote ‘Still not my president’, ‘Year of the clown’, and ‘Mueller please hurry up.’
Some spoke to social injustice, tweeting ‘Take Knee for Justice’ and ‘Flint still needs help.’
Conservatives got tweets in too, with ‘Liberals went completely insane’ and ‘Obama Finally Went Away.’
Others took a lighter angle, zeroing in on pop culture news.
These problems get personal: Some didn’t make greater statements about the world but their own personal issues (which may have resonated with others)
Star Wars fan fave: A few people called out the passing of celebrities like Carrie Fisher
Pop culture tweets too: This person doesn’t think we should forget about fidget spinners
A more positive spin: Several people commented on Ariana Grande’s benefit concert in Manchester
On the bright side: They shared positive messages about love winning out
Well that’s not good: This person reminded everyone there is still more than a month left
‘TAYLOR SWIFT IS BACK,’ wrote one person, clearly excited about the singer’s new album.
‘Fidget spinners are everywhere,’ wrote another, while a third tweeted about McDonald’s limited menu addition:’I got Szechuan Sauce’
‘Difficult without our Princess,’ wrote another, commenting on the passing of Carrie Fisher.
Though negative tweets certainly represented the highest volume, a few people looked on the bright side. Many Ariana Grande fans shared pictures from her benefit concert in Manchester, writing variations of the message: ‘Love will always win.’