Twitter’s top tweets of 2012

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SOCIAL networking website Twitter released its year in review this week. Not surprisingly, politics dominated the “Twittersphere” in 2012. Perhaps one of the most iconic and recognisable part of Twitter culture is its worldwide trending topics section, and the website was sure to include this in its 2012 recap. From sports to movies to food, Twitter tracked down the biggest trends from 2012.

Report by Ibtimes/CBS.

The top hashtags during the political season included: #tcot, #teaparty #gop, #romney, #mittRomney, #dnc2012, #charlotte, #gop2012, #rnc and #obama2012.

Twitter posted its “Golden tweets” of 2012, including two most re-tweeted posts: US President Obama’s “Four more years” and Justin Bieber’s “RIP Avalanna. i love you (sic)” tweets. Bieber had sent the tweet to honour the memory of a fan who had passed away at the age of six due to a rare form of brain cancer.

As for events that generated the most conversation in the 140 character social media space, the 2012 Summer Olympics came out on top. The 16-day-long London games generated 150 million tweets, with the closing ceremony by the Spice Girls accounting for more than 116 000 tweets per minute. The year’s second largest Twitter conversation occurred during the 2012 presidential election, and the third was during the MTV Video Music Awards. Beyond that, the Super Bowl, Euro 2012 and Hurricane Sandy sparked massive Twitter activity over the past year.

Twitter’s year in review also included the deepest tweet, which was sent by director James Cameron from the bottom of the ocean and popular hashtags, like #Sandy, #election2012 and #London2012.

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