Over the past few years, Twitter has turned into the place to go when searching for breaking news and talking about huge events, from the Super Bowl blackout and the royal baby to the Boston Marathon bombings and the death of Cory Monteith.
For the close of 2013, the social networking site took a moment to look at the Year on Twitter, including top tweets and most memorable moment. Among the millions and millions of tweets sent out each year, The Golden Tweet stands out. It is the one that resonated most with users around the world.
This year, the honor goes to Lea Michele and her first public acknowledgement of her partner and co-star Cory Monteith. It was retweeted more than 408,000 times from 133 countries.
Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love support. Cory will forever be in my heart. pic.twitter.com/XVlZnh9vOc
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 29, 2013
In its blog about the year in review, Twitter noted that there were two other tweets that also commanded a mass of attention. One was sent by Paul Walker’s staff and announced news of his death. The third celebrated One Direction band member Niall Horan’s 20th birthday.
It’s with a heavy heart that we must confirm Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident…MORE: https://t.co/9hDuJMH99M – #TeamPW
— Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) December 1, 2013
Yesss ! I’m 20 ! Wohooo ! No more teens!
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) September 12, 2013
Twitter created a new site, here, to explore all of the biggest moments on the site for 2013, complete with custom timelines. Areas already ready to peruse include a month-by-month look at highlights and Twitter moments, news events that broke on the site, sports events, entertainment, and showcase, which are the best tweets of the year as seen by selected publishing partners.