The Top 10 Most Important Tweets of 2010

By Michele Weisman

2010 was a year of struggles and achievements. There were tragedies and milestones. We said goodbye to old friends and hello to new friends. And just like that 2010 flew by in an instant. Last year, we recapped The Top 10 Most Important Tweets of 2009 and received 3900+ ReTweets, including Alyssa Milano, Ashton Kutcher, and Larry King. With approximately 200 million users and over 25 billion tweets, Twitter has become a media outlet for the average consumer, the everyday celebrity, and the ambitious politician. Information has never traveled faster and been more transparent. This year, we present to you, The Top 10 Most Important Tweets of 2010.

1. Tweet: Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station – the 1st live tweet from Space! : ) More soon, send your ?sFrom: @Astro_TJ

Why it’s important: Astronaut Timothy Creamer (@Astro_TJ) is credited with the first live tweet from space. New software aboard the International Space Station made it possible to tweet in real time from space. Creamer wasted no time and posted the first live update from space. Technology that NASA has employed makes it possible for astronauts to connect with loved ones from space in a real time fashion.

Award: On being the first live tweet from space.

2.  Tweet: Ommmmmgggggg thAnk you to everyoneFrom: @MTVTJ

Why it’s important: This year, MTV held a nationwide contest over three months to find the perfect tweeter. In August, MTV crowned it’s first ever Twitter Jockey (TJ). The title officially belongs to Gabi Gregg, a 23 year old plus size fashion blogger from Detroit. MTV plans to use the TJ to take the pulse of the viewers and to alter is programming accordingly.

Award: On being the first ever Twitter Jockey.

3.  Tweet: Library to acquire ENTIRE Twitter archive – ALL public tweets, ever, since March 2006! Details to follow.From: @librarycongress

Why it’s important: Every public tweet published since Twitter’s launch in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress.  The Library embraces digital media and recognizes that tweets are becoming part of history.

Award: On being the archivist for Twitter.

4. Tweet: Every asshole who ever chanted ‘Drill baby drill’ should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty.From: @billmaher

Why it’s important: BP was responsible for one of the largest man made disasters. One can expect uproar and hypocrisy. Bill Maher, stand-up comedian, social critic and political commentator, was not shy in his opinion of The BP Oil Spill. Wildlife was destroyed, fisheries were depleted, local businesses suffered loses and the Gulf coast's tourism industry suffered. It was a topic scrutinized amongst all journalists.

Award: On being the most ironic, timely, and sarcastic tweet.

5. Tweet: Now, let’s see… There’s gotta be room for another 140 characters in here. #innovating #newjobFrom: @ev

Why it’s important: Evan Williams officially announced his unexpected resignation as CEO of Twitter on the Twitter blog and passed on the torch to Dick Costolo.  Williams' tweet reveals that he did not enjoy the nuisances associated with being CEO of a rapidly growing organization. It is revealed in this tweet that Williams' true passion is product development.

Award – On being the most honest CEO online.

6. Tweet: Despues de 68 dias con angustias y esperanzas, llego la hora de la verdad en el rescate. Que Dios acompane a los mineros y recatistas.

English Translation: After 68 days with anguish and hope, came the moment of truth in the rescue. May God accompany the miners and rescuers.From: @sebastianpinera

Why it’s important: Sebastian Pinera is the current president of Chile. After a long and successful rescue operation, all 33 Chilean miners and emergency workers were removed from the mine. For 68 days, the miners were trapped 2,300 feet under the Earth. Overnight, the miners became national heroes, appearing on front pages of newspapers and talk shows like David Letterman.

Award: On being the most emotional tweet.

7.  Tweet: ivy passed away peacefully at 12.08 this morningFrom: @IvyBean104

Why it’s important: Ivy Bean, Twitter’s oldest user, died at 104. Bean’s care taker updated her 56,000+ followers regarding Bean’s passing. Bean often tweeted about her fish and chip dinners, several episodes of Deal or No Deal and a friendship with Peter Andre.

Award: On being the oldest Twitter user.

8. Tweet: The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton - www.princeofwales.gov.ukFrom: @ClarenceHouse

Why it’s important: This royal tweet officially reported the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 132 characters. Social media, and more specifically Twitter, has become a hub of personal branding. In light of recent gossip, celebrities have been taking to their Twitter accounts to set the records straight and speak directly to their fans.

Award: On being the tabloid tweet of the year.

9. Tweet: @Sn00ki u r right, I would never tax your tanning bed! Pres Obama’s tax/spend policy is quite The Situation. but I do rec wearing sunscreen!

From: @SenJohnMcCain

Why it’s important: During the premiere episode of the second season of Jersey Shore, reality star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is upset by President Obama's health care bill, which includes a tax on tanning beds. Snooki  continues to say that "McCain would never put a 10% tax on tanning. Because he's pale and he would probably want to be tan." Senator John McCain responded to Snooki with this tweet above and cleverly dropped the name of one of her co-stars Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. This tweet demonstrates that the power of social media is fleeting and can connect the unlikeliest people.

Award: On being the most creative tweet.

10. Tweet: WikiLeaks,org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks KEEP US STRONG https://donations.datacell.com/

From: @wikileaks

Why it’s important: On December 2nd, Wikileaks.org went down around the world. WikiLeaks was inaccessible and had a rash of targeted attacks. WikiLeaks tried to use Amazon’s Web Services to enhance the site’s stability and protect itself from DDoS attacks, but Amazon quickly dropped Wikileaks from its servers. Currently, WikiLeaks can be found at wikileaks.info.

Award: On being the most newsworthy tweet.

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11. Tweet: I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO...From: @StevieJohnson13

Why it’s important: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson tweeted an angry message that seemed to be directed towards God. Johnson was unhappy after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The next day, after all the national attention, Johnson updated his followers with the following tweet. Johnson’s tweets have given the public an unusual insight into the mind of professional athletes.

12. Tweet: At any moment, Justin Bieber uses 3% of our infrastructure. Racks of servers are dedicated to him. – A guy who works at TwitterFrom: @dcurtis

Why it’s important: As one of this year's top Twitter trends and one of Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010, it should come as no surprise that Justin Bieber and his fans use up 3% of Twitter's server infrastructure at any given time. Curtis then continued to tweet that “most of the popular users on Twitter have dedicated servers for their accounts.”  Twitter has officially caught "Bieber fever."

13. Tweet: I’m sorry Taylor.From: @kanyewest

Why it’s important: Twitter has transformed the way the public receives and communicates information. Rapper Kanye West's apology refers to last year's VMA incident. West grabbed the mic from Taylor Swift as she accepted her award for best female music video, and directed the attention to Beyonce. Whether this was staged or not, this unforgettable incident was turned into an Internet sensation. For whatever reason, West used his Twitter stream as a means of communication to attempt to recreate his tainted brand image.

What were your favorite tweets of 2010? What memorable tweets would you add to this list? Share in the comments section below!

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