Twitter once again rummages through its enormous database and looks back on the events of 2012 on 12/12/2012. We sneak a peek at the world through Twitter’s eyes. The company highlights the most popular Tweets, the most popular events and conversations, and trends across different topics.
The most retweeted Tweet came from U.S. President Obama, whose message “Four more years“, accompanied by a picture of the first couple, garnered more than 810,000 retweets and 300,000 favorites from around the world. Justin Bieber had the second-most shared Tweet as he mourned the loss of six-year-old fan Avalanna Routh to brain cancer.
The “pulse of the planet” was the 16-day Summer Olympic Games in London that generated 150 million Tweets and spiked at 116,000 Tweets per minute during the closing ceremonies. Usain Bolt became the most-discussed athlete, garnering 80,000 Tweets per minute. The U.S. Election followed, producing 31 million Tweets on Election Day and 10 million Tweets during the first presidential debates. The MTV Video Music Awards, Super Bowl, Euro 2012, Superstorm Sandy, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final, and the death of Whitney Houston were also other major occurrences widely Tweeted on 2012. Twitter also became a hub of debate as the SOPA and PIPA antipiracy bills were discussed in the U.S. Congress.
Some events shared with the world via Twitter include the Curiosity Mars rover landing on the Red Planet, the International Space Station capturing live images of Hurricane Sandy, space shuttle Endeavour, and the deepest Tweet by James Cameron on the bottom of the Marianas Trench.
Twitter also welcomed high-profile users to their ranks, from Steve Carell, to PSY and Pope Benedict XVI.
Curious Twitter users could also get an analysis of their year on Twitter through the “Your year on Twitter” tool that sends your data to Vizify.com. Once there, signed-in users can check out a pattern of their Tweets and track their most popular messages.