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The 10 Most Powerful Tweets Of 2010

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.

Most Powerful Tweets  2010 Tweet 1 Ann Curry MSF Haiti

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.

The 10 Most Powerful Tweets of 2010 Tweet 2 Whitehouse Obama

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.

10 Most powerful tweets of 2010 tweet 3 Leigh Fazzina

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

10 Most Powerful Tweets Of 2010 Tweet 4 BP Global PR

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

10  Most Powerful Tweets in 2010 Tweet 5 Ecuador President

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

10 Most Powerful Tweets Of 2010 Tweet 6 Kate Middleton and Prince William

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

10 Most Powerful Tweets Of 2010 Tweet 7 Jonathan Schwartz CEO Sun

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

10 Most Powerful Tweets 2010 Tweet 8 John Foster US Elections

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 Most Powerful Tweets Of 2010 Tweet 9 FIFA World Cup

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.

10 Most Powerful Tweets Of 2010 Tweet 10 Conan OBrien

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.

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  • Interesting article and nice overview! What puzzles me is how Leigh Fazzina (3.) was able to sent out a tweet from the woods without cell phone reception?

    • Kevin

      Robert, your phone reception is different from your data connection. There are often areas where I have poor phone reception but a good data connection, and vice-versa.

  • Ed

    I figured the World Cup would be here! However, Leigh Fazzina’s story is quite shocking, quite interesting. I’m glad Twitter works for these kind of things as well.

  • Boris

    Could someone explain to me how Leigh Fazzina didn’t have cell phone reception but still managed to have internet access?…

    • I was wondering that too…

    • anniee

      Oh my God! I should join Twitter! What if it’s me one of these days?! I could get lost or something…

    • A call from a cell phone goes once. If it fails, it’s over. A tweet sent as a text message is a much smaller packet of data and will continue it’s effort at sending until it gets through.

      • Yes this 100% correct. Because I work in communications and social media communications, I was aware of this and this is why I also went this route (as opposed to Facebook). I knew Twitter would get me an instant connection and my Twitter following would hear me immediately. Additionally, I work in healthcare communications. Most of the people I am connected to on Twitter are healthcare professionals… physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmaceutical marketers and social media professional, pharmacists, etc. I knew they would take my cry for help seriously – and within seconds. And with that, one of the folks who was responsible for getting me rescued was a 4th year medical student. I was in shock, and when he was communicating with my via tweets, I felt relieved… He actually kept me calm.

  • Jeff, thanks for covering this.

    @Boris, to answer your question – read the below. I took this directly from a recap post I made on my website.

    [One question that remains fuzzy for some is how was I able to get an Internet connection on my mobile phone but not able to make a phone call? When USA Today covered the story on August 3, 2010, they spoke to David Redl, Director of Regulatory Affairs at CTIA – The International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry. David was quoted saying “that in areas with spotty cell phone coverage it’s not unusual to be able to send instant messages or messages through the internet.” What was explained to me by the reporter, Liz Szabo, who covered the story is that simply put, on a mobile phone, a phone call “connection” requires a large amount of bandwidth and strength whereas a text message, instant message or internet connection requires very little. This is why the UberTwitter application I use on my Blackberry worked in this situation. Additionally, Twitter is a tool that I use in my day-to-day job, and the UberTwitter application on my phone is up, open and running live on my home screen at all times.]

    The technology side of this has been covered many times over by the Red Cross and emergency preparedness response groups, and even FEMA who is now using social media tools for emergency situations.

    To read my whole story, the thank you I sent to those who helped me, and how I viewed this all, go to: http://www.leighfazzina.com/2010/12/16/making-twitters-top-10-2010-tweets/