Twitter's Year in Review: The Biggest Tweets and Trends of 2012

Twitter released a bunch of numbers today as part of its 2012 Year in Review. We take a look at some of the more fascinating ones below.

Barack Obama's "four more years" tweet on November 6 garnered more than 800,000 retweets and 300,000 favourites by people from different 200 countries.

Justin Bieber, who owns the second-most popular tweet of all time, pales in comparison. Despite having the second-most followers in the world with more than 30 million, he managed just 220,000 retweets and 100,000 favourites—still insanely impressive, but not even remotely close to the American President.

The 2012 London Summer Olympics generated a staggering 150 million tweets with a peak (the Spice Girls performance, amazingly) burst of activity at 116,000 tweets per minute. To compare the olympics against other big events, the US election day generated 31 million tweets (with a peak of 327,000 per minute) and the Super Bowl generated 14 million tweets.

As for the top trends on Twitter, "think like a man" was the number one movie tweet. Rick Ross managed first place for music, while Family Guy proved it's still relevant by nabbing top spot for television. Remarkably, IHOP beat out Starbucks for top food trend, while AT&T trumped the iPhone in tech.

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