Twitter has released the Golden and top popular tweets of 2012.
The Golden tweets were selected based on the tweets with the highest retweets for the year, and tweets that caught attention around the world.
Of all the tweets by the millions of users on the twittersphere, just two tweets were selected by Twitter for shaking the world.
Twitter also honored three other “Tweets” for sparking conversations throughout the Twittersphere.
The most retweeted tweet of the year and in the history of the twittersphere came from Barack Obama. @BarackObama’s “Four more years” tweet on the 6th of November 2012, generated 810,000+ Retweets and 300,000+ Favorites.
Before he took the stage to affirm his election victory, President Obama marked his win via Twitter. Within hours, this Tweet simultaneously became the most retweeted of 2012 — and the most retweeted ever, sent by people in more than 200 countries around the world.
The second most-shared tweet came from Justin Bieber, as he mourned the loss of six-year-old fan Avalanna Routh to brain cancer. The @justinbieber’s
“RIP Avalanna. i love you” tweet on the
26th of September, 2012 generated
220,000+ Retweets 100,000+ Favorites. When she passed away in September, Bieber paid tribute to her in the Tweet, and many, many Twitter Beliebers responded.
TJ Lang @TJLang70’s “Fuck it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs” tweet on the 24th of September, tweet generated 98,000+ Retweets 28,000+ Favorites
Packer TJ Lang voiced his frustration in September when the Seattle Seahawks went head-to-head with the Green Bay Packers. The now-infamous final play was called by a “replacement ref” due to a labor standoff with the referees’ union. That call generated 1+ million Tweets as players and fans flocked to Twitter to grouse about the decision. TJ’s Tweet became the most retweeted of the night and of the NFL season overall.
Team GB @TeamGB’s “29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze – We finished 3rd in medal table after most successful Olympics for 104 years #OurGreatestTeam RT your support” tweet on the 12th of August generated 67,000+ Retweets 5,000+ Favorites. For the first time since 1948, the Summer Olympics returned to London. British athletes performed extremely well, with a “home team” advantage resulting in more medals than expected. Fans followed their every move, joining in at the close of the Games to show their support for #OurGreatestTeam.
山寺宏一 @yamachanoha’s tweet on the 17th of June 2012 had 68,000 Retweets 6,000 Favorites.
“…I would like to announce here: I, Koichi Yamadera, have married Ms. Rie Tanaka … I am really happy to have met such a great partner and have our lives come together. We made up our minds to respect each other, help each other and build a home full of smiles…”
When actor Kouichi Yamadera announced in a Tweet that he registered for marriage with actress Rie Tanaka, it became the most retweeted message from Japan this year. Why? Both are prominent Japanese voice actors, famous for many of their anime roles.
For the Twitter’s list of top conversations: The Summer Olympics generated 150 million Tweets, spiking with 116,000 tweets per minute during the closing ceremonies. Usain Bolt gained the distinction of being the games’ most-discussed athlete.
Also, the U.S. election produced more than 31 million tweets on Election Day, and 10 million during the first presidential debate. The MTV Video Music Awards, Super Bowl, Euro 2012, Hurricane Sandy, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final and the death of Whitney Houston also topped the list of top trends on twitter.
Twitter also highlighted some of its newest celebrity members ranging from Steve Carell and Neil Young to Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict XVI opened his twitter had his first tweet on the 12th of December, 2012.