Twitter released its annual review of topics and tweets for 2012 based on all the conversations that happened over the year. Twitter divided the review into five categories; Golden Tweets, The pulse of the planet, Only on Twitter, Trends and New voices.
The golden tweets were those which caught everyone's attention because they were retweeted the maximum. The foremost tweet, and no points for guessing this one, was Barack Obama's tweet on winning the second term in the US presidential elections -- "Four more years" accompanied by a picture of him hugging his wife Michelle Obama. This was retweeted 8,17,500 times by users in over 200 countries making it the most retweeted tweet of 2012. This Barack Obama tweet is the most retweeted of 2012.
Following Obama's tweet was singer Justin Bieber's update "RIP Avalanna. I love you" about six-year-old Avalanna who was suffering from brain cancer and was a huge fan of Bieber. When she passed away in September, Bieber paid a tribute to her in this tweet which was retweeted 22421 times.
Other major events of the year included the Summer Olympics 2012 dubbed the first social media Olympics. The 16-day sporting event generated 150 million tweets. The most discussed athlete was Usain Bolt who generated 80000 tweets per minute in any competition related conversation.
The US elections were also one of the most talked about on Twitter with 31 million tweets generated on the election day alone. On the day of the results, users were churning out 327452 tweets per minute. Other major events included Hurricane Sandy which between 27 October and 1 November generated 20 million tweets. Whitney Houston's death on 11 February was also a major tweet generator in 2012 with some 10 million tweets (73,662 tweets per minute).
Other notable tweets which held the world's attention have been clubbed under the "Only on Twitter" category. Titled "the deepest tweet" James Cameroon's message from Mariana Trench, 35755 feet beneath the sea, was one of the highlights of 2012. So were Nasa's Curiosity Rover live tweets about its landing and exploration mission. Another event that was tweeted live was the insemination of a giant panda. The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. live-tweeted the artificial insemination of Mei Xiang via the hashtag #pandaAI.
This year also saw political developments being covered aggressively on social media. Twitter was at the centre of the conversations with users from across the globe sharing first-hand information about political developments. The elections in Egypt, civil war in Syria, the infamous Ugandan guerilla leader Kony and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei were among those that made up the 'For a cause' conversations on Twitter.
photo Tweet from the deepest place on the earth.
Twitter also highlighted the most used #hashtags by splitting them into different categories like politics, conversation starters, TV, music, movies, sports, food, tech and countries. #nowplaying was the most used hashtag for starting a conversation. US elections dominated the politics-based hashtag. Technology hashtags included an interesting mix of brands, devices and apps. iPhone, iPad, Skype, Draw Something, Skype, Amazon, Apple, Pinterest were the few popular tags.
Rounding off the list is a list of high profile people who joined twitter in 2012. It includes Jeremy Clarkson of BBC's Top Gear, singers like Adele, PSY, Gwen Stefani, football legend Pele and Pope Benedict XVI.
You can also get your own best Twitter moments of 2012 with Vizify. Users will be directed to Vizify.com, where they can sign in with their Twitter account to get a personal infographic of "Your Year on Twitter".
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