Top Tweets in 2012

See what played well on Twitter this year

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012  |  Updated 1:32 PM PDT
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Top tweets in 2012

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As is custom in old-school media, news agencies provide the Top Ten stories of the year.

Twitter, a San Francisco-based New Media company, offered its top tweets of the year, even helping its flock of devoted tweeps categorize its tweets into: "Golden Tweets," "Pulse of the Planet," "Only on Twitter," and more.

As Twitter said it on its website, "Every day, we're amazed and humbled by the many ways in which people use Twitter, which range from simply retweeting to igniting conversations with hashtags...to sharing spectacular and far-flung views."

One of the top two tweets that generated the most retweets of the year is the now famous picture of Michelle Obama, decked in a red-and-white checked dress, hugging her presidential hubby. Before Obama took the stage to affirm his election victory, he marked his win, "Four More Years," with a tweetpic. As of Twitter's count, this image received more than 810,000 retweets.

The other top retweet is a photo of heartthrob singer Justin Bieber tweeting a photo of him and 6-year-old Avalanna Routh, who died of cancer and who had gotten to know the rock star before her death.

The biggest conversations on Twitter for 2012 included the Summer Olympics, the U.S. election and Superstorm Sandy, among a few other topics.

As for top Twitter trends, there are almost too many hashtags to count. Some of the top tags include: #nowplaying, #oomf, #romney, #obama2012, #nfl, #yankees and #sfgiants.

To see Twitter's extensive year in review, check out their blog.

To watch Twitter's video on 2012, click here.

 

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