It’s been quite a year. Facebook passed Google to become the most popular website for the first time in History. Social media became even more integrated into our lives. The spread of the Apple iPhone and other smart phones continued to change our web viewing habits. Mobile eCommerce continues to grow as apps make buying online easy and secure. The iPad became the fastest selling technology device in history and Twitter added over 100 million registered users in just 12 months.
After pouring through the data mountain of the 25 billion tweets in 2010 Twitter has just released the list of the 10 most powerful Tweets for 2010.
1. Anne Curry
After the massive 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, Doctors Without Borders flew in a team of physicians to assist the wounded, but they were unable to get clearance to land the plane. Reporter Ann Curry used Twitter to convince the U.S. Air Force to allow the flight to land.
2. The Whitehouse
When Russian President joined Twitter, the White House immediately reached out to welcome him to the Twitterverse. Obama’s quote: Red phones no longer required.
3. Leigh Fazzina
Twitter to the rescue: When she crashed her bike in a forest with no cell phone reception, a gravely injured triathlete saved her own life when she tweeted out a desperate call for help.
4. BP Global PR
After the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing one of the largest in oil spills in history, it was a parody account, not BP’s official Twitter account, that defined the discussion–spoofing the company’s attempts to improve its public image. “Gulf Oil Spill” was the #1 Trend on Twitter in 2010
5. President Of Ecuador
In late September, civil unrest in Ecuador increased dramatically after a new law cut benefits for public servants. President Rafael Correa accused opposition and military forces of a coup attempt, and used Twitter to declare a state of emergency in a Tweet. Leaders across Latin America and the world tweeted in response to show their support for the people of Ecuador
6. Clarence House
In a royal first, Clarence House, the Prince of Wales’ private office, created a Twitter account to announce Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton. Not how Henry VIII did it
7. Johnathan Schwartz
When the CEO of one of the most high-profile technology companies in the world announced he was stepping down, he kept his resignation letter to 140 characters. Jonathan Schwartz left Sun Microsystems with this simple message
8. John M Foster
Twitter was a powerful campaign tool during the 2010 U.S. Midterm Elections, and Election Night results often broke first on Twitter. Demonstrating how quickly the world of political communications is changing, Idaho incumbent Walt Minnick’s campaign manager issued a concession Tweet
9. FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup final represented the largest period of sustained activity for an event in Twitter’s history: during the final game, people from 172 countries tweeted in 27 different languages. Twitter put fans in direct touch with teams, players and commentators–and when Spain celebrated its big win in the Final, defender Carles Puyol captured the zeal with a Twitpic of the scene from his perch at the victory ceremony
10. Conan O’Brien
After his departure from the Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien used Twitter to announce that he was hitting the road for two-month-long comedy tour, called “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television.” Fans jumped at the chance to see Conan live: shows were almost sold out in a matter of hours.
Do you agree with Twitter on the 10 most powerful Tweets of 2010 or are there others that have created more impact? Would love to hear your comments.