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The Year on Twitter: An election, a goodbye and other unforgettable Tweet-able moments

Whether it was a Tweet from the bottom of the ocean or from the planet Mars, Twitter brought the world a little closer together in 2012. The popular social networking site connected people to the stories, ideas, opinions and news that they found interesting, in real time and often in dramatic fashion.

Here is just a glimpse:

Golden Tweets

Here are the top two Tweets that generated the most Retweets for the year, as well as some honorable mentions that caught attention around the world.


“Four more years”


Nov. 6, 2012
810,000+ Retweets
300,000+ Favorites

Before he took the stage to affirm his election victory, President Obama Tweeted “Four more years” and this iconic photo. A mere few hours later, the Tweet became the most Retweeted of 2012 – and the most Retweeted ever, sent by people in more than 200 countries around the world.


“RIP Avalanna. i love you”

(Credit: Avalanna Routh, on Twitter)

Sept. 26, 2012
220,000+ Retweets
100,000+ Favorites

Pop star Justin Bieber had grown close to 6-year-old Avalanna Routh, a fan who suffered from a rare form of brain cancer. When she died in September, Bieber paid tribute to the youngster in a Tweet, which many Twitter “Beliebers” then Retweeted.


“F*#! it NFL. Fine me and use
the money to pay the regular refs.”


Sept. 24, 2012
98,000+ Retweets
28,000+ Favorites

The final play during a Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers matchup in September was called by a “replacement ref” due to a labor standoff with the referees’ union. That call generated 1 million-plus Tweets as players and fans took to Twitter to complain about the decision. Packer Lang’s Tweet became the most Retweeted of the night and of the NFL season overall.


“29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze – We finished 3rd in medal
table after most successful Olympics for 104 years
#OurGreatestTeam RT your support”


Aug. 12, 2012
67,000+ Retweets
5,000+ Favorites

When the Summer Olympics returned to London for the first time since 1948, fans followed the British athletes’ every move. They took to Twitter to show their support for #OurGreatestTeam.


“… I would like to announce here: I, Koichi Hamadera, 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…”

June 17, 2012
6,000 Favorites

Actor Kouichi Yamadera announced his marriage to actress Rie Tanaka in a Tweet that went on to become the most Retweeted message from Japan in 2012. The reason? Both are prominent Japanese voice actors, famous for many of their anime roles.

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