Twitter Chooses 10 Most Powerful Tweets of 2010

Twitter continued to look back on 2010 (even though 17 days still remain), following up Monday’s announcement of the top 10 Twitter trends of the year with its list of 2010’s 10 Most Powerful Tweets, announced Tuesday. The list:

1: Ann Curry, @AnnCurry: @usairforce find a way to let Doctors without Borders planes land in Haiti: THE most effective at this.

2: The White House, @whitehouse: Welcome to @twitter President Medvedev! RT @KremlinRussia_E: Hello everyone! I’m on Twitter, and this is my first tweet.

3: Leigh Fazzina, @LeighFazzina: I’ve had a serious injury and NEED Help! Can somone please call Winding Trails in Farmington, CT tell them I’m stuck bike crash in woods.

4: BP Public Relations, @BPGlobalPR: Catastrophe is a strong word, let’s all agree to call it a whoopsie daisy.

5: Presidencia Ecuador, @Presidencia_Ec: Gobierno declara estado de Excepción #Ecuador #30S

6: Clarence House, @ClarenceHouse: The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton –

7: Jonathan Schwartz, @OpenJonathan: Today’s my last day at Sun. I’ll miss it. Seems only fitting to end on a #haiku. Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more

8: John M. Foster, @foster208: Congratulations to Raul Labrador on a hard-earned win, and best of luck as Idaho’s next Congressman.

9: Carles Puyol, @Carles5puyol: Gran ambiente en la rua!!orgulloso de ver a tanta gente feliz.

10: Conan O’Brien, @ConanOBrien: Hey Internet: I’m headed to your town on a half-assed comedy & music tour. Go to for tix. I repeat: It’s half-assed.

Jodi Olson of Twitter’s corporate-communications department went into more detail on the Twitter Blog:

Every day, we are inspired by people using Twitter in unexpected ways to make the world a better place. Powerful Tweets have impact, relevance, and resonance. In just 140 characters, you can change the game, make a difference in someone’s life, offer perspective, or bring aid to people in need. In this installment of #Hindsight2010, we honor the Ten Most Powerful Tweets of 2010.

From a cry for help in the woods to a call for aid for a nation, the Most Powerful Tweets tell 10 different stories about Twitter’s value in people’s daily lives. At the top of the Most Powerful Tweets list, journalist Ann Curry used Twitter to gain permission for a Doctors Without Borders plane to land in Haiti to assist the earthquake victims. Other powerful moments: The White House connected to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Twitter, an injured triathlete used Twitter to save her own life, a parody account defined the discussion about the Gulf Oil Spill; and the Ecuadorian government used Twitter to declare a state of emergency.

To choose the Top Ten Most Powerful Tweets, the Twitter team reviewed Tweets, news stories, and international events from the past year. With more than 25 billion Tweets sent in 2010, narrowing the list to just 10 Tweets was a huge challenge. The final selections represent the dynamic ways that people use Twitter in the political world, for disaster relief, and to add commentary to news events, sports, and entertainment.