2011 Told Through Twitter: The Tweets That Defined The Year (VIDEO)
2011 was a big year for Twitter. In September, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo revealed that the number of tweets per day had increased 110 percent since the beginning of the year (to a total of 230 million tweets every 24 hours) and that Twitter had grown to over 100 million active accounts.
Filmaker Jeremiah Warren put together a video showcasing what he describes as "2011 Told Through Twitter," a slideshow of about 100 tweets from users both famous and obscure. Unlike Twitter's own stories of the year, in which the tweet itself is the story, Warren made his choices by first deciding which events he wanted to include and then finding the corresponding tweets, making his video more a compilation of the year's biggest news events, not the story of Twitter itself.
The tweets Warren features in his clip include a wide variety of subjects, ranging from Ted Williams, the "golden-voiced" homeless man who was hired by MSNBC, to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who stepped down amid the "Arab Spring" protests in Egypt.
Warren's video also shows how people used Twitter to share valuable information about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and the Joplin tornado.
Not all of the tweets Warren picked are serious, however. He notes some users reveled in being left behind after the Rapture -- "People are making rapture jokes like there's no tomorrow," joked @danielmaier. Others, including @bcuban, cheered on their favorite team after the Mavericks became the first NBA team since 1985 to lose Game 3, and still win the NBA Finals.
Warren's video offers just one person's opinion of the tweets that best sum up 2011.
Twitter has also compiled its picks for the most memorable Twitter Stories of the year, which includes the story of Daniel Morales, the homeless man who was reunited with his daughter after he began tweeting about their separation, as well as the tale of a man who tweeted that he wanted a steak at Morton's Steakhouse only to be met at the airport by a tuxedo-clad waiter professring a steak.
Also, check our roundup of the 13 most powerful tweets of 2011. HuffPostTech's list includes a few of the tweets featured in Warren's video, though also features such memorable Twitter failures as designer Kenneth Cole's disastrous attempt to make the Egyptian uprising about fashion and Chrysler's f-bomb "oops."
To see what tweeps had to say about Charlie Sheen's breakdown, Obama's birth certificate reveal, Google+ and much more, check out Jeremiah Warren's video below.