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A Look Back At The Year That Was On Twitter

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12/12/2013 10:13 pm
PopWrapped | Television
A Look Back At The Year That Was On Twitter

Clare Sidoti

Managing Editor

As we enter the home stretch of 2013, the time to look back and reflect on the year that was starts to become a fulltime occupation. The latest offerings come from Twitter who have released information on the top tweets over the past year. Topping the list of the Most Retweeted Message of 2013 belongs to Glee’s Lea Michele. Michele’s heartfelt tweet thanking her fans for their support following the death of her partner Cory Monteith in July was retweeted 408,000 times. The second highest retweeted message from 2013 (at 400,000 retweets) was the official confirmation from Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker’s representatives that the star had been killed in the car crash on December 1. The boys from One Direction proved that not only can they dominate the music charts but also the social media ones as well as three of the top five most retweeted messages from 2013 belonged to band members Niall Horan and Zayn Malik. Noran’s tweet regarding his 20th birthday peaked at 375,000 retweets, while Malik scored two entries. The first, a picture of bandmate Harry Styles sleeping, received 344,000 retweets, while the second, his thanks to his fans on the news of his engagement to Perrie Edwards, took 336,000 retweets. While Twitter gained more than 30 million more users in the past year, there were a couple of notable additions to the family. 2013 marked the first tweets from former US presidents, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Some famous sportspeople also made the move to Twitter. They included Joe Montana, Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer. If something major is breaking somewhere in the world, you can rely on Twitter on quickly providing commentary. 2013 had a number of “tweetable moments"”. Some of those from the past year include the following, in chronological order: A New Pope: Catholics around the world were shocked when Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would be retiring from the Papacy on February 11. They then held their breath in March as the College of Cardinals secluded themselves away to vote on the next Pope in March. The papal inauguration of Pope Francis generated more than 130,000 tweets per minute at its peak. The Boston Bombings: A major sporting event always sees an increase in Twitter traffic. However, it was unimaginable bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April that revealed the best and worst of social media. The confusion over the event and the identities of the suspects flew across social media. But twitter also became an outlet for the reporting of accurate news from the scene as well as an opportunity for the world to unite with Boston. The Boston Marathon Bombings saw more than 27 million tweets posted on the event. Nelson Mandela’s Death: Twitter has provided an outlet to express grief and for the world to come together, united, over incidents in the furthest reaches of our planet. This was never more evident than in the recent passing of former South African president and freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela. The Father of South Africa’s, and arguably the world, death resulted in 7.2 million tweets. At its peak there were 95,000 per minute sent.


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