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Swift, Spotify, 'Star Wars': The talk on Twitter

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Spotify's got a blank space where Taylor Swift's name used to be—and the Twitterverse can't stop talking about it.

In late 2014, Swift announced that her new album "1989" would not be available on Spotify and that her entire back catalog would be pulled from the streaming service. Within the first 24 hours of the announcement, nearly 10,000 users took to Twitter with their reactions. According to Mashwork, a social media insights firm, 39 percent of users supported her decision, while 15 percent expressed hate and 6 percent were "upset."

Shortly after Swift's announcement, fellow Big Machine Records artists Justin Moore and Brantley Gilbert removed their latest albums from Spotify in a "mutual decision" with the label. Country superstar Jason Aldean, whose album "Old Boots, New Dirt" had the best-ever debut week for a country album on Spotify, also parted ways with the service.

Swift's bold move was far from a surprise, as it was foreshadowed in an op-ed piece she wrote for The Wall Street Journal in July 2014.

"In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace," Swift wrote.

While the reactions of the social media world were mixed, her severed ties with Spotify haven't shaken Swift's sales. In the 12 weeks since its release, "1989" has sold more than 4 million copies and spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Take a look at the infographic below to see what else Twitter users were buzzing about in the final months of 2014.