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Twitter 2012: Social Network Picks Top Tweets, Pictures And Users Of The Year

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Twitter has revealed its favourite tweets, trends and pictures of 2012.

One day after looking back in a different way by adding vintage filters to its photo service, Twitter reminisced about the year (almost) gone by.

Writing on its blog the social network highlighted the reelection of President Barack Obama, Hurricane Sandy and Tweets from Mars sent by Nasa's Curiosity Rover as among the most significant events of the year.

It also noted that Boris Johnson dancing at the Olympics was the UK’s most Tweeted moment of 2012.

"Every day, we're amazed and humbled by the many ways in which people use Twitter, which range from simply retweeting to igniting conversations with hashtags (even around lesser-known topics) to sharing spectacular and far-flung views," it said.

:In 2012, everyone on Twitter brought us closer to moments and places that used to be far away or inaccessible."

Some of the tweets highlighted included:


James Cameron
Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can't wait to share what I'm seeing w/ you

Curiosity Rover
MAHLI Rocks! Used my hand-lens imager to take pics of rocks in the Rocknest area for future examination

Mitt's Body Man
The Gov backstage watching speak at the convention.

While on a dedicated website - 2012.twitter.com - it made available a variety of visualisations and tools to explore the year on the social network.