Nine Notable Tweets Of 2013

Posted: Dec 31 2013, 2:37pm CST | by , in News

Nine Notable Tweets Of 2013
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Twitter became many things in the year 2013. A public company, for one. But also an increasing source of breaking news and a platform for conversation of all types. It’d be impossible to distill through the literal billions of tweets that were sent out to the Internet and pick the best or the most influential. But here are nine tweets and Twitter exchanges that were among the most memorable in the year 2013.

The Most Retweeted Tweet Of The Year

According to Twitter, this tweet from Lea Michele regarding the death of her Glee castmate Cory Monteith was the most retweeted tweet of 2013:

Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart.

— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 29, 2013

Carl Icahn Joins Twitter

With his first Tweet, activist investor Carl Icahn came out punching, in the midst of his battle to keep Michael Dell from taking Dell private. (A battle that Icahn ultimately lost.)

Twitter is great. I like it almost as much as I like Dell.

— Carl Icahn (@Carl_C_Icahn) June 20, 2013

Icahn kept punching on his Twitter feed throughout the year though, using it to expose his stake in Talisman Energy as well as disclosing his decision to sell off a big chunk of his Netflix holdings.

Twitter Announces Its IPO

In September of this year, Twitter announced its IPO plans. Appropriately enough, they did so via a Tweet.

We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.

— Twitter (@twitter) September 12, 2013

Twitter set its offer price at $26 on November 6, and as of this writing is valued at $63.05. Not a bad investment for those who caught the early price. (But for 2013, at least, still not as good as Bitcoin.)

Oreo Wins The Super Bowl

The power went out for a few minutes during this year’s Super Bowl, causing a flood of Twitter activity. But the Internet’s consensus is that the Twitter winner of the power outage was Oreo, which quickly tweeted this out at the time:

Power out? No problem.

— Oreo Cookie (@Oreo) February 4, 2013

Warren Buffett On The Breaking Bad Finale

Warren Buffett joined Twitter this year, but unlike Carl Icahn, he barely used it. One time he did, though, was to reveal that he was just as invested in the Breaking Bad finale as the rest of us:

Not even the Oracle knows what will happen tonight. #waltsuccessor

— Warren Buffett (@WarrenBuffett) September 30, 2013

Justine Sacco’s Tweet Heard Round The World

On December 20, Justine Sacco, a senior P.R. person for IAC, tweeted out this:

The Tweet quickly went viral while Sacco, who was on a flight to South Africa, was completely unaware of the conversation it had engendered. Upon landing and realizing what had happened, she deleted her Twitter account. She later released an anguished apology, but had already been fired for the incident.

As my colleague Kashmir Hill noted in discussing this incident, “This is how fast a normal person can become an infamous world-wide celebrity: the span of one long flight.”

NASA’s Mike Hopkins Tweets The Best Selfie In The Universe

While on a spacewalk to make repairs of the International Space Station, NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins tweeted what quickly came to be regarded as the best selfie of all time.

Seen here is @AstroIllini on Tuesday’s #spacewalk. Are you watching today’s spacewalk live?

— NASA (@NASA) December 27, 2013

Cory Booker and Rand Paul Agree To Stop The Drug War

On December 23, Republican Senator Rand Paul took to his Twitter feed to celebrate Festivus, a made-up holiday from the sitcom Seinfeld. Among the celebrations of Festivus is the “airing of grivances,” and Senator Paul took the opportunity to air his, from the serious to the humorous. That ended up leading to the following exchange with his fellow Senator, Democrat Cory Booker:

One more Festivus grievance about bipartisanship. @CoryBooker doesn’t RT me enough.

— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 23, 2013

@CoryBooker how about mandatory minimum sentencing reform instead?

— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 23, 2013

Yes, If u throw in reforming Fed Hemp & Marijuana laws u’ve got a deal! RT @SenRandPaul: How about mandatory min sentencing reform instead?

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) December 23, 2013

From an airing of grievances to a bipartisan consensus: a Festivus Miracle!

I know. U told me last week. Here is to a 2014 where we take on the failed war on drugs RT @SenRandPaul: I’m the Senate author of Hemp bill!

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) December 23, 2013

The Most Retweeted @Forbes Tweet

If there’s one thing that Twitter loves, it’s controversy. And we here at Forbes were no stranger to that, either. Our own Twitter platform showed enormous growth over the year 2013 – we gained well over a million new followers. But our most retweeted Tweet came back in May, when we tweeted our contributor David Lariviere’s argument that Lebron James would eventually top Michael Jordan as basketball’s greatest player.

LeBron James will eventually top Michael Jordan as basketball’s greatest player

— Forbes (@Forbes) May 27, 2013

(For the record, I have to disagree with my colleague Lariviere on this: Jordan will remain the greatest.)

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