Twitter’s picks for 2011’s top tweets

Twitter Stories

From Egyptian Internet revolutionary Wael Ghonim to a dad reunited with his daughter, people turned transitory tweets into unforgettable stories.

As 2011 draws to a close, Twitter Inc. has compiled a list of 10 tweets from 2011 that made the most impact or touched the most people’s hearts.

“Around the world, people sent more than 60 billion Tweets in 2011, each one reflecting a particular perspective and point in time,” Twitter wrote on its official blog. “To choose just ten of these to sum up the year is virtually impossible. Instead of attempting to identify the ‘most important’ Tweets of the year, we’re recognizing ten Tweets that are emblematic of the many resonant moments that happened first on Twitter—or could only happen on Twitter.”

Here’s a look at the top tweets, each featured on the recently launched Twitter Stories site, and why they were significant.

Fernando Alfonso III

Fernando Alfonso III

Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.