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Top tweets of 2012: IN PHOTOS

By Himank Sharma, Reuters | Dec 12, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 13 ]

The love of a good woman, the sweet taste of victory, adrenalin on the sports fields, the people who entertain us.... here's what the world found interesting in 2012 #Twitter Talks

An election victory tweet from US President Barack Obama — “Four more years” with a picture of him hugging his wife — is the most retweeted to date, but the US election was topped by the Olympics as the most tweeted event this year.

Obama’s tweet was retweeted (repeated) more than 810,000 times, Twitter said as it published a list of the most tweeted events in 2012.

“Within hours, that Tweet simultaneously became the most retweeted of 2012, and the most retweeted ever. In fact, retweets of that simple message came from people in more than 200 countries around the world,” Twitter spokeswoman Rachael Horwitz said.

Twitter users were busiest during the final vote count for the presidential elections, sending 327,452 tweets per minute on election night on their way to a tally of 31 million election tweets for the day.

The 2012 Olympic Games in London had the most overall tweets of any event, with 150 million sent over the 16 days.

Usain Bolt’s golden win in the 200 meters topped 80,000 tweets per minute but he did not achieve the highest Olympic peak on Twitter. That was seen during the closing ceremony when 115,000 tweets per minute were sent as 1990s British pop band the Spice Girls performed.

Syria, where a bloody civil war still plays out, was the most talked about country in 2012 but sports and pop culture dominated the tally of tweets.

Behind Obama was pop star Justin Beiber. His tweet, “RIP Avalanna. i love you” sent when a six-year-old fan died from a rare form of brain cancer, was retweeted more than 220,000 times.

Third most repeated in 2012 was a profanity-laced tweet from Green Bay Packers NFL player TJ Lang, when he blasted a controversial call by a substitute referee officiating during a referee dispute. That was retweeted 98,000 times.

This was the third year running that the microblogging site published its top Twitter trends, offering a barometer to assess the biggest events in social media.

Superstorm Sandy, which slammed the densely populated US East Coast in late October, killing more than 100 people, flooding wide areas and knocking out power for millions, attracted more than 20 million tweets between Oct. 27 and Nov. 1.

European football made the list of top tweets when Spain’s Juan Mata scored as his side downed Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final — sparking 267,200 tweets a minute.

News of pop star Whitney Houston’s death in February generated more than 10 million tweets, peaking at 73,662 per minute.

Romantic comedy “Think Like a Man” was the most tweeted movie this year, topping “The Hunger Games”, “The Avengers” and "The Dark Knight Rises”.

Rapper Rick Ross, who notched his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this year, was the most talked about music artist.



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Dec 12, 2012 11:9 | 0 replies

o tseba jwang there is no nyatsi?
but anyway this family rocks hey ..hmm i am starting be just like zodwa in generations i love Barack Obama lol!

Dec 12, 2012 2:38 | 0 replies

#6 - Keep fighting the good fight Syria.

Dec 12, 2012 2:9 | 0 replies

Manje thina nithi senzeni you should be gearing up for Mangaung

Dec 12, 2012 2:1 | 0 replies

Victoria you are so thin

Dec 12, 2012 12:49 | 0 replies

its been a traumatic year, 20 000 children lost in war zones, 1,5 million people displaced by war and natural disasters and no end to conflicts, other than that, its been okay, especially Obama getting elected again in Redneck country

Dec 12, 2012 12:39 | 0 replies

former deputy president of the ANC and the country Motlanthe is single
dated: 21/12/2012

Dec 12, 2012 11:54 | 0 replies

I truly like the Obama family two girls,one wife more money No nyatsi Eish Mzanzi men are raping their own mothers Nxaa
And your local hero Motlanthe, also has two girls and and one nyatsi

Dec 12, 2012 11:42 | 0 replies

Like reali now

Dec 12, 2012 11:38 | 0 replies

I truly like the Obama family two girls,one wife more money No nyatsi Eish Mzanzi men are raping their own mothers Nxaa

Dec 12, 2012 11:18 | 0 replies

were is Chad?

Dec 12, 2012 11:10 | 0 replies