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Results from The Twitter Blog for: December 2012

Our year in Twitter news and notes

As the year ends, we wanted to look through our various communication channels to learn what news and notes have interested you most in the past 12 months.

First up, @twitter. Here are the top 5 tweets of the year (those with the most clicks and retweets):

1) New Twitter Profiles


Resolved: It’s time for resolutions


The New Year is upon us, and soon many of you will share your wishes and resolutions on Twitter for the year ahead. We’ll all be watching as the world rings in 2013 with Tweets from Sydney to London to LA, and everywhere in between.


Your Twitter archive

It’s no secret: You make Twitter what it is. And if you tweet, you may have found yourself wanting to go back in time and explore your past Tweets. Maybe you wanted to recall your reaction to the 2008 election, reminisce on what you said to your partner on your 10th anniversary, or just see your first few Tweets. We know lots of you would like to explore your Twitter past.


When musicians talk, #TheWorldIsListening

From @Deadmau5 collaborating with one of his Twitter followers to @theRealXtina (Christina Aguilera) taking questions in advance of her single release for #YourBody, some of the most exciting moments in music on Twitter happen when our favorite musicians talk directly to their fans.


Twitter for BlackBerry 4.0 update: See all the interactions in your network

Now BlackBerry will have Connect capabilities on Twitter. New tabs, streamlined design, and simplified navigation makes this the most enjoyable Twitter for BlackBerry app yet.

Connect shows you who retweeted, favorited and followed you, and gathers all your mentions in one place. And now it’s simple to filter mentions and replies to see only certain interactions.


This week on Twitter: 17 December

Black List Q&A - Dec. 18  Movie buffs should flock to Twitter this week for an exclusive Twitter Q&A with Black List founder Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) and screenwriters from this year’s Black List.


Coming Soon: Nielsen Twitter TV Rating

Today Nielsen announced an agreement with Twitter to create the “Nielsen Twitter TV Rating,” an industry-standard metric that is based entirely on Twitter data.

As the experience of TV viewing continues to evolve, our TV partners have consistently asked for one common benchmark from which to measure the engagement of their programming. This new metric is intended to answer that request, and to act as a complement and companion to the Nielsen TV rating. 


The Pope’s first Tweets


Nine days ago, the Vatican launched the first personal Twitter accounts for the Pope, giving Pope Benedict XVI the opportunity to tweet in English (via @Pontifex) and in seven other major languages.


This Year on Twitter

Update: We’ve added two screenshots below for those of you who want the front page artwork for web and mobile versions.


Twitter photos: Put a filter on it

Every day, millions of people come to Twitter to connect with the things they care about and find out what’s happening around the world. As one of the most compelling forms of self-expression, photos have long been an important part of these experiences.

Starting today, you’ll be able to edit and refine your photos, right from Twitter. The latest versions of Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android introduce a few new ways to enhance the images you tweet. We’re grateful to our partner, Aviary, for powering our filters and effects.