Top 10 Tweets: What Everyone is Talking About on Twitter

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It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. In today’s modern age of social media, the same concept applies to a Tweet–even though this Twitter trademark can only be composed of up to 140 characters.

If the words “Tweet” and “Twitter” sound like child’s gibberish to you, then it is very possible you have been living out in the woods with no access to technology for the past 7 or so years. Twitter is a social media platform founded in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams (no relation to the whiskey). Twitter allows people to connect and share thoughts and ideas, in posts called “Tweets” which consist of up to 140 characters. Twitter is one of the fastest growing social media platforms around, with over 230 million users, Tweeting over 500 million times a day in more than 35 languages.

In fact, Twitter is now used not only by the general public, but also by advertisers, businesses, celebrities, and even the news! Because Twitter functions as a real-time conversation platform where people can instantly comment and share their thoughts on events around the world, looking back at trending Tweets is a great way to gauge popular world events and people’s reactions to them. Let’s take a look at the top 10 Tweets of the past 4 years.

1. Barack Obama – 2012 – Over 500,000 Re-Tweets

Twitter has become such a prevalent part of today’s media that even the President of the United States has his own Twitter account. With over 500,000 retweets, President Barack Obama won the Golden Tweet Award of 2012 with his simple “Four more years” Tweet, announcing his victory in his re-election.

2. Wendy’s – 2011 – 220,000 Re-Tweets

Corporations have begun to turn to Twitter to promote their businesses, advertise, announce deals and events, and much more. Wendy’s took things a step further, announcing via Twitter that they would donate 50 cents per each retweet towards children in foster care. The result was impressive, with over $50,000 donated, and one of the most popular tweets to date.

3. Stephen Colbert – 2010 – 41,000 Re-Tweets

The younger generation these days has an interesting trend when it comes to where they receive their news. Rather than reading the news paper or watching CNN, young adults of today turn to online outlets and “spoof” news media shows such as The Colbert Report for their updates on world events. Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report gives us evidence of these, when his tweet regarding the tragic oil spill in the Gulf was retweeted thousands of times, earning him the first ever Golden Tweet Award.

4. Justin Bieber – 2012 – Over 200,000 Re-Tweets

Celebrities are often among the most followed and retweeted on Twitter, and pop sensation Justin Bieber is no exception. Fans have watched this artist grow from a Youtube sensation to selling out multiple live performances at Madison Square Garden in just a few short years. Bieber made it on to this list with his heartwarming Tweet mourning the death of a fan with terminal cancer, Avalanna.

 5. TJ Lang – 2012 – 98,000 Re-Tweets

Every football fan will recall the infamous 2012 match between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, where a hotly disputed call by a replacement referee caused an uproar and controversy among NFL fans. The NFL was currently dealing with the professional referees being on strike, which made many fans contend the “unofficial” referee’s game changing call. TJ Lang was not alone when he Tweeted about this event. He was joined by millions of Twitter accounts around the world.

6. Kim Kardashian – 2011 – 68,000 Re-Tweets

In 2011, Kim Kardashian showed us another way that Twitter can touch the lives of millions, by reaching out to fans to help a girl with cancer reach a goal on her bucket ist.

 7. Floyd Mayweather – 2012 – 90,000 Re-Tweets

In January of 2012, boxing fans will recall championship boxer Floyd Mayweather challenging fellow boxer Manny Pacquiao to a match over twitter. Fans of both boxers went wild with over 90,000 retweets and 50,000 favorites.

 8. Lea Michele – 2013 – 44,000 Re-Tweets

In July of 2013, actress Lea Michele of the popular TV show Glee reached out to her fans, thanking them for their support after the death of a fellow cast member, showing how Twitter can bring together a community spread across the world.

 9. Team GB – 2012 – 67,000 Re-Tweets

In August of 2012, fans of Great Britain around the world were able to share in celebrations after one of the best performances at the Summer Olympics the country has seen in decades.

 10. Taylor Swift – 2011 – 25,000

Popular country singer and pop idol Taylor Swift shared in the celebration of her 22nd birthday with fans from around the world via Twitter in a Tweet which poked fun at her hit single 22, saying “I’m so 22 right now.

As we can see, Twitter has become much more than just a social networking platform. It is a tool which individuals and companies alike can use to spread and share their ideas. It is a way for people to connect instantaneously and share their thoughts with followers on the other side of the globe.

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About Peter Allmer

Peter Allmer is a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey, where he excelled in the studies of Marketing and Psychology. During college, Peter participated in running and managing a number of psychology and market research labs, as well as assisting in advertising research. Since graduation, Peter has created his own marketing blog, called AdvertiseMind, where he writes and shares valuable and interesting marketing articles and information. Peter is now working as a Web Journalist for the social media start-up, Circus Social, as well as a freelance writer in the fields of marketing and psychology.
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