The 40 Most Memorable Tweets Of 2011

What a year in the Twittersphere! Around the world, people sent more than 60 billion Tweets in 2011. Here’s a collection of 40 of the most important of those.

1.

President Obama announces the removal of all American troops from Iraq.

2.

@Kaneshow was the VERY first of many to mention the East Coast earthquake on Twitter.

3.

Stefanie Gordon sees the Endeavour’s last launch outside of her plane window and tweets about it. The picture was seen by millions.

4.

In June, the Pope joined Twitter.

5.

Keith Urbahn, a chief of staff for the office of the former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, is the first to have broken the news that Osama bin Laden was killed.

6.

The first tweet from the top of Mount Everest.

7.

Harry Reid thanks Lady Gaga for her help with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

8.

Bill Gates tweets about Steve Jobs’ death.

9.

The New York State Senate tweets about marriage equality passing.

10.

In February, Kenneth Cole used the uprisings in Egypt to promote their spring collection.

11.

Hackers take control of Fox News’ Twitter feed and announce the President had been assassinated.

12.

On May 2, this guy unknowingly live-tweeted the Osama bin Laden raid.

13.

The Onion, a fake newspaper, causes an uproar on Twitter when they tweeted about a fake terrorist attack.

14.

Chysler’s official Twitter account drops the F-bomb.

15.

In March, Gilbert Gottfried thoughtlessly made a series of jokes about the Japan tsunami. Soon after, he was fired from Aflac.

16.

Roger Ebert sends a controversial tweet about Ryan Dunn passing away in a drunk driving accident spawning numerous death threats.

17.

Charlie Sheen joins Twitter and reaches 1 million followers in 25 hours and 17 minutes. This was his first tweet.

18.

Anthony Weiner accidentally tweets a a picture of his weiner and then tries to cover it up with this tweet.

19.

Jon Huntsman tweets about global warming and evolution basically ruining his chances at the GOP nomination.

20.

The ex-bassist of Weezer predicts his own death on Twitter.

21.

Kim Kardashian tweets about the Casey Anthony verdict.

22.

Sarah El Sirgany, a journalist from Egypt, celebrates Hosni Mubarak’s resignation.

23.

Rapper Heavy D’s last tweet before he passed away.

24.

The Secret Service tweets about their disdain for Fox News.

25.

Malik Al-Abdeh, a journalist from Syria, is the first person to tweet about the death of Gaddafi.

26.

A resident of Joplin, Missouri tweets a picture shortly after a massive tornado leveled the town.

27.

The NY Post tweets about Troy Davis’ death.

28.

A member of the Westboro Church ironically tweets from an iPhone about Steve Jobs’ death.

29.

Most of the first pictures of the destruction from the Japan tsunami were twitpics like this one of pictures of television screens.

30.

Ashton Kutcher tweets about Joe Paterno’s firing. After this incident, he “resigned” from tweeting.

31.

Angel investor Peter Shankman didn’t think anything would happen when he tweeted at Morton’s Steakhouse to meet him at Newark Airport with a porterhouse steak. But when he showed up 2 1/2 hrs later, a Morton’s waiter in a tuxedo greeted him with that steak, some order of colossal shrimp, a side of potatoes, bread, two napkins and silverware.

32.

In October, a cartoonist for the NY Times live drew his entire marathon run.

33.

The Situation got kicked out of the Apple Store for cutting in line in October.

34.

After riots in the U.K. dirtied the streets this August, people rallied on Facebook and Twitter to organize a massive clean-up effort in the affected areas.

35.

In June, Shaq announced his retirement on Twitter.

36.

George Takei comments on Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant in June.

37.

In September, Netflix announced they were spinning off its DVD service and branding it as “Qwikster,” but apparently forgot to check Twitter and see if someone was already using that name.

38.

After Casey Anthony was found not guilty, Enteman’s sent out this tweet.

39.

Gabrielle Giffords tweets about her first “Congress On Your Corner” event shortly before she was nearly killed.

40.

In July, The Whitehouse Rickroll’d someone from their official Twitter account.

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