December 13, 2012

What Do The NFL, Bielibers, And The President Have In Common?

The award season is upon us, and Twitter has joined the ranks with its Golden Tweets 2012 as the Huffington Post reports.. Last year, Twitter honored just one Golden Tweet, but in 2012 Twitter has honored two of the most popular tweets as well as three honorable mentions.

Let’s talk about the honoraries first. Out of Japan, the top retweeted post came this past summer when an anime voice actor, Kouichi Yamadera, announced his marriage to actress Rie Tanaka. The tweet on Huffington post is in Japanese, but they graciously translated it. So, here is Japan’s number one post with 68,000 retweets:

“…I would like to announce here: I, Koichi Yamadera, have married Ms. Rie Tanaka…I am really happy to have met such a great partner and have our lives come together. We made up our minds to respect each other, help each other and build a home full of smiles…”

I can see why so many would retweet such a proclamation. Now, we may not really know who these two individuals are in America, but their public commitment to each other is a beautiful and inspiring moment, right?

The second honorable mention came from Great Britain’s Olympic team after this summer’s Olympics held in London. It read, “29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze – We finished 3rd in  medal table after most successful Olympics for 104 years #OurGreatestTeam RT your support.” Now if that is not national pride and connection, what is? Way to go Great Britain…here’s another honor to be proud of.

The final honorable mention came about as a result of the NFL and referee strike standoff. After the notorious call from a “replacement ref” during the Seahawks and Packers game, fans and players alike tweeted in droves. The most retweeted of the night came from TJ Lang, guard for the Green Bay Packers. Lang tweeted, “Fuck it NFL..Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.” After the frustration of the labor standoff between the NFL and the refs and the terrible call the replacement ref made that fateful night, perhaps we can forgive the language.

Now it is onto the two Golden Tweets of 2012. First, let’s start with America’s favorite teen pop heartthrob: Justin Bieber. After hearing news that his greatest fan had died of her rare brain cancer, Bieber tweeted, “RIP Avalanna. i love you” to memorialize the six-year-old fan who had the moniker of “Mrs. Justin Bieber” due to her love and dedication to the pop star. Even though I am not a Bieliber, I definitely understand how this tweet earned 220,000 retweets from his fans and followers.

Finally, the number one retweet of 2012 is…dah-dah-dah…President Barack Obama’s tweet on election night, November 6, 2012. In celebration of his re-election President Obama tweeted, “Four more years. http://t.co/bAJE6Vom.” Upon clicking the link, a beautiful photo of President Obama and First Lady Obama hugging pops up. 800,000 retweets and shares later, President Obama wins again. 2012 has been good to the 44th President of the United States of America.

Hopefully, Twitter will continue to honor the most retweeted posts in future years. Who knows, maybe your next post will be a Golden Tweet 2013.

Image Credit: Photos.com

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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