2012

The best of the Internet in 2012

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The Daily Dot spent the holiday season checking more lists than the Transportation Security Administration.

It’s annual exercise for most publications, a momentary pause for reflection meant to put the past year in perspective and to shed some light on the months ahead (not to mention fill the slower news cycle). For us it’s more than that, though: These lists serve as an opportunity to celebrate the events and people that brought us together and led the conversations online in 2012—the highs, lows, and Twitter parody accounts in between.

Whether it’s with a 24-hour Spotify playlist or a list detailing the best new podcasts, this was the collective soundtrack to the year. Turn it up one more time.

The 10 most influential people on Reddit in 2012

The stars we lost in 2012: A GIF tribute

The top 10 people who changed fandom in 2012

The 12 best GIFs of 2012

The top 10 most influential people on Facebook in 2012

The 11 most influential Twitter parody accounts of 2012

The top 10 most influential Twitter users of 2012

The top 9 things that made fandom squee in 2012

The top 10 most influential crowdfunding campaigns of 2012

The top 10 most important people on Pinterest

The top 10 most influential people on YouTube in 2012

The 10 worst people on the Internet in 2012

The top 10 events that changed fandom in 2012

The top 10 most influential people on Tumblr in 2012

The top 10 most influential Internet rights activists in 2012

The top 10 most important fandoms of 2012

The top 10 most important people on Etsy in 2012

See you in 2013, Internet.

Photo via Reddit