Do you follow @twitter on Twitter? The @twitter account has fifteen million followers, but there are supposed to be more than 500 million registered Twitter users – so it seems most Twitter accounts don’t!
But even if you don’t follow Twitter, it might interest you to know which of Twitter’s tweets and blog posts grabbed the most attention. Consider it your Twitter cliff notes, so you can “talk Twitter” like a pro.
Twitter has shared its top five tweets and top five blog posts of 2012. The top tweets are feature-focused and mostly took place during the first quarter of 2012:
The top five blog posts all took place in December.
Interesting sidenote: Since the blog started in August 2006, eight of the most popular posts ever appeared in 2012, including these five. As for frequency, we’ve been ramping up: including this post, we’ve published 204 times in 2012. That’s the most ever over a year’s time.
If you follow Twitter news, you may be surprised there aren’t any “API news” items in the top tweets or blog posts. That’s because it’s on ANOTHER blog, silly – the Twitter developer blog. And API news was a big draw there. Here are top stories from Twitter’s “other” blogs:
The Ads Blog revealed most interest in our advertising partnerships (American Express in March,Pepsi in May). Twitter developers read up avidly on changes to our API, and the ever-popular Bootstrap, including version 2.0. On our Engineering Blog, technical readers were very keen on our quest for speed and the new Innovator’s Patent Agreement.
And international audiences had a few location-specific interests.
During a 7.3 earthquake that reverberated off the coast of Japan in early December, readers there turned to our info on how to use Twitter in such an emergency, which also described Twitter’s inclusion in the government’s Lifeline program. (News of the Twitter photo filters was the other most-read post in Japanese.) In France, the photo filters release was most popular, as was the ability to see Trends in more cities. The UK had a huge year in sport, and our posts on the first 24 hours of the Summer Olympics and the dramatic Champions League match garnered the most views. Meanwhile, Portuguese Twitter users (who are mostly in Brazil) were especially keen on the new Discover features released in May.
Any top Twitter news that you would add to this list for someone playing catch up?