From breaking the news of a royal baby to a presidential election or the retirement of the cricketing legend, twitter continued to be the platform for mass interaction. So, let’s have a look at some of the most tweeted topics in 2013 that rocked the internet world.
Presidential inauguration, United States
The United States ushered in a second term for Barack Obama this year. Many people recorded the event by collecting social media and updates from around the Web, especially from twitter. The White House story drew heavily from the official presidential social media accounts, and continued with the updates even after the day of the actual event. There were around 1.1 million inauguration-related tweets during the ceremony. First Lady, Michelle Obama too tweeted: “Honored and blessed to be joining so many of my fellow Americans gathered to watch the Inauguration.” With over 34.7 million followers, U.S. President Barack Obama is the most followed head of state in Twitter.
Sachin Tendulkar Retirement
As cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar, played his 200th and final Test, tributes poured in on twitter in honor of the Master Blaster. From cricketers to politicians to celebrities from all walks of life, all took to twitter to express their feelings and to pay their tribute. In tribute to Sachin, BCCI ran a campaign in twitter called #ThankYouSachin, which generated over 3 million tweets. #ThankYouSachin was used not only by common Twitter users but also by celebrities like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As Sachin acknowledged the campaign, he wrote on Twitter page, “I am really touched with #ThankYouSachin messages. Your support all these years have inspired me to give my best,” reports TOI. The tweet was retweeted over 16,000. This makes it the most tweeted news in India, reveals Twitter. “I am really touched with #ThankYouSachin messages. Your support all these years have inspired me to give my best,” tweets Sachin.
Death of Nelson Mandela
After the former South African president—Nelson Mandela’s death, Twitter spiked at 95,000 tweets per minute and has been flooded with tweets that are tributes to this great legend. Madiba, also became a trending topic on Twitter with public figures, including former president Bill Clinton, tweeting affectionately about the leader. Over six million tweets were recorded and even the funeral ceremony generated around 328 000 tweets.
Election of Pope Francis
The election of Pope Francis does clock in as one of the biggest Twitter event of all time in the tweets per minute range. He is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of re-tweets worldwide. Pope, with 7.2 million followers is also the second most-followed leader of the world, after U.S. President Barack Obama. The new Pope’s papal inauguration generated more than 130,000 tweets per minute at its peak. Cardinal of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio‘s election dominated online discussion to such a degree that it became the subject of eight of the top 10 trending topics at one point, says Twitter.
The Birth of Royal Baby, UK
The news of the new born Prince of Cambridge earlier this year, brought Twitter close to meltdown as millions from around the world shared their excitement and offered congratulations. Incredible 487million Twitter users have posted about the Duchess of Cambridge going into labour even before the baby’s birth was announced. A spark of conversation came in the minutes following the initial announcement, with over 25,300 tweets per minute. According to Twitter, the highest volumes of tweets came from the UK, the United States, Canada, France and Italy. It was thought to be one of the busiest days the social network has ever experienced.
Government Shutdown, United States
The government of U.S. when shutdown for 16 days after Congress failed to enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014. Regular government operations resumed after an interim appropriations bill was signed into law. During that period, millions of tweets have been generated all over the world. Social media like twitter served as a megaphone for dozens of politicians airing their opinions to masses.
With India’s mars mission successfully launched, it became the first Asian country and fourth nation in the world to leap into the interplanetary space with its Rs.450-crore exploratory mission to Mars, about 400-million km from earth. Even this event took lots of netizens to voice their opinion in the social media especially in twitter. Here are some of the tweets- “Actually that’s how I celebrate #Diwali. By firing small rockets like #Mangalyaan. #MissionMars #MarsMission #IndiaMarsMission #lol.” “Its incredible that @ISRO_India managed to put together #IndiaMarsMission is just 15 months!”
The Boston Marathon Bombings
Twitter have brought the best and worst scene of the Boston Marathon Bombings that took place in April at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Gossip and poorly reported news spread like wildfire over social networks, creating some confusion regarding the identities of the suspected bombers. But Twitter also provided a way for people to spread accurate news, and more importantly, come together in grief and support. There were more than 27 million tweets sent related to the Boston Marathon Bombings.