Can you name any of the biggest Twitter stories of 2011?
Just like in 2010, Twitter is taking a look at the year gone by and sharing with us some of the most notable events from the past 12 months. The first installment of Twitter’s #YearInReview is Twitter Stories, the year’s most poignant stories that developed on Twitter.
And the Twitter stories of 2011 really were remarkable.
There was Shohaib Athar, the man who inadvertently live-tweeted the military raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May. He began by tweeting about his experiences (“Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)”) and ended up making history.
And then there’s the touching story of Daniel Morales, the homeless man in New York who was part of a project called Underheard, which gave him a prepaid cellphone and helped him get started on Twitter. He used Twitter to reach out to the world and try to locate his estranged daughter… and in less than 24 hours she contacted him, thanks to his fellow Twitter users.
All of the stories on Twitter’s Stories website are phenomenal in their own ways. And the Twitter Stories is not a one-time project: Twitter has been collecting stories for a few months now to highlight some of the ways that 140 characters can change a life, and it will continue to do so in the new year.
Stay tuned for the remaining 4 #YearInReview installments, which promise to highlight new accounts that signed up for Twitter in 2011, top trends and hashtags, and more. Or, you can view the 2010 Year in Review here.