Twitter Trends 2k12: Highlights, Retweets and More

TwitterMicroblogging website Twitter has changed the way people communicate — and in no more than 140 characters per statement. New users flock to Twitter every day. This year, among the notable names who got their own Twitter handles for the very first time are football legend Pele (@pele), music icon Neil Young (@neilyoung) and Pope Benedict XVI (@pontifex). The pope will send his very first tweet on Wednesday. As of Monday evening, he had more than 608,000 followers. Twitter’s Highlights of 2012: The 6-year-old San Francisco-based company says it has 140 million active users, all of whom send a total of 1 billion tweets every 2 ½ days. Twitter released its highlights of 2012 this morning. Here’s a look at some of the top tweets, searches and trends of this year: Most Retweeted Tweet of the Year/Ever: The most retweeted tweet of the year was President Obama’s simple election night message:  “Four more years.” He sent it along with a picture of himself hugging first lady Michelle Obama.

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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).

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