Happy new year! Last night millions of people rang in 2013 by tweeting messages as midnight arrived in every time zone. From Tokyo to San Francisco, the spikes in Tweets per second reveal when and where people celebrated as seen in this visualization created by Twitter’s @trebor:
While the numbers tell one story, individual Tweets offer a more intimate look at the hopes, wishes and thoughts people from around the world (and space!) have for this year. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted to earth from the International Space Station:
Happy 2013 from orbit! Let’s use Twitter to communicate like never before, see the year and the world through each others’ eyes.
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 1, 2013
An early riser tweeted the first sunrise of the year over Mount Fuji:
初日の出、ダブルダイヤモンド富士^^ #fujisan #mysky twitter.com/sadashima117/s…
— 島田 貞男 (@sadashima117) January 1, 2013
Like many of us, celebrities, athletes and other notables were out in force on Twitter last night wishing everyone a new year and sharing their resolutions:
What’s everybody’s New Year’s resolution? I’m gonna try to go Vegan. Discipline test. NOT looking forward to it. Wish me luck!!
— Ne-Yo!! (@NeYoCompound) December 31, 2012
Excited to tackle another year. We may not know what the year holds, but thankful to know who holds it!! Happy New Year West Coast!
— Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) January 1, 2013
Happy new year everybody. Lots of great things in store for 2013. Go get it. Go Mavs
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) January 1, 2013
Love powerfully. Conquer with humility. Smile and laugh as much as we can. 2013.. #JustBringIt #HappyNewYear
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 1, 2013
Posted by Rachael Horwitz (@rachaelrad)