Twitter lists 2012's 'golden tweets,' top trends

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The year's top tweet was President Obama's "Four More Years" message on election night, sure, but Twitter's year-end roundup goes beyond the obvious stuff. Aside from what the service calls "Golden Tweets," its package looks at events that generated the most microblogging: the summer Olympics (for which Twitter partnered with NBC), the U.S. presidential election, Euro 2012.

And its "Only on Twitter" roundup includes some pretty sweet moments, like this photo from an underwater camera at the Olympics:

And James Cameron's tweet from the ocean deep:


You can make your own "year in Twitter" graphic, too. Here's mine: Thanks, Mediagazer!

Also, you can finish stuffing your virtual stocking with this list of the year's top trends and hashtags. Enjoy the holidays, #nowplaying, you've earned it!

On Friday BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski compiled a list of media organizations' most popular tweets. Kaczynski took his data from a site called Favstar; according to that this was Poynter's most popular tweet this year:


Topsy tells a different story.

Related: Twitter added photo filters to its mobile apps Monday. Poynter's Jeff Sonderman wrote about what the Twitter-Instagram war says about online services' business models.

Previously: Why photo of the First Couple was Obama’s most retweeted ever

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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